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In the Book- “World Boxing Super Series” Official Quarter Final Bouts Set!

Saturday night in Monaco, the “World Boxing Super Series” kicked off it’s first official ceremony when the sixteen participants were matched up for their first bouts. In attendance were fourteen of the sixteen fighters, not present were super middleweights Chris Eubank Jr and Arthur Abraham who meet later this month. They were represented by Chris Eubank senior, who chose the opponent for the winner of that contest.

World Boxing Super Series creators Richard Schaefer Richard De Meglio and Kasse Sauerland

The super middleweights were matched up first, the four fighters “Seeded” meaning had choice of opponent were current WBA Super middleweight Champion George Groves, former multi time light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer, top five world ranked Callum Smith and depending on who wins their bout either former two division world champion Arthur Abraham or Chris Eubank Jr.

George Groves

It would be George Groves picking first and his choice was undefeated countryman Jamie Cox, when asked why Jamie? The champion replied in jest “We are old friends, this is going to be a long tournament so I am going with the easiest first.”. As a response to Groves comments Cox stated “I am happy, its time to bury the seed” a pun referring to Groves being a seeded fighter and Cox unseeded. Those comments were made light heartedly by both men.

When second seeded fighter Callum Smith made his choice, he announced undefeated Erik Skoglund as the man he would like to face first. The two fighters were both happy with that decision, each feeling it was an opportuity to make a fight that would happen eventually despite the tournament.

Chris Eubank Sr.

The choice made by Chris Eubank senior, who was representing the third seeded super middleweight either winner his son Chris Eubank Jr or Arthur Abraham would be Turkish pressure fighter Avni Yildirim. A choice made because he feels Yildirim has a style “Perfect for my son after he beats Abraham, his style is much like Abraham’s and my son is an upgraded version of me.” He ignored the idea that it might be Abraham and not his son to face Yildirim.

The last matchup would be between Juergen Braehmer and only American fighter taking part of the tournament Rob Brant. While it was made because they were the last two left, Braehmer stated he would have chosen Brant anyway. As for Brant he stated surprise he was not choosen first, the MC replied “They were all afraid of you” to that Brant laughed before saying “I figured I was the least expereinced which is why they would have chosen me”.  

In the cruiserweight bracket, WBO World Champion Oleksandr Usyk, WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis, IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev and Interim WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos were the seeded fighters with choice of opponent. The tournaments only pre-determined bout, was between IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev and former world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. That decision was made because Wlodarczyk is currently the mandatory challenger for Murat Gassiev. When asked if he was happy with this bout being pre-determined Gassiev stated “Yes he is the number one contender, he deserves the fight and it will be a great fight”, that opinion was shared by Wlodarczyk “I am very happy, he is a champion and very good fighter so we will make a great fight”.

The current WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, would choose former long time WBO title holder Marco Huck as his first opponent ” I chose Huck for my fans it’s the fight they wanted to see”. When Huck was asked if happy as Usyk choice he responded ” He is the opponent I wished for “.

When WBC World Champion, Mairis Briedis chose Mike Perez as his first opponent he stated “He came down from heavyweight, he was the toughest opponent to choose from”. Perez stated he was pleased with Briedis choice because he would be fighting a current world champion. The left only interim WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos and Russian knockout artist Dmitry Kudryashov, they are both big punchers and both stated they were happy with being left to face each other for that reason.

The tournament will begin in September and run through May of 2018, who ever wins will claim the prized “Muhammad Ali Trophy” which was designed by Silvio Gazzaniga who also designed the FIFA “World Cup”. These participants will share in $50,000,000 in prize money and the winners will be considered the best in their divisions. As of right now the current combined record of all sixteen fighters is an astonishing 468-22-3 with 334 of thoise wins coming by stoppage.

I don’t know of anyone who is a boxing fan that cannot be excited for this tournament to begin. At anytime on any card across the world every single one of these matchups are main event quality. This very well could be the biggest boxing tournament with the most talent ever to take place in boxing.

Here is the official bouts and records for the Quarter Final Contest

 Oleksandr Usyk-(12-0, 10 KOs) Vs. Marco Huck- (40-4-1, 27 KOs)

  Mairis Briedis- (22-0, 18 KOs) Vs. Mike Perez- (22-2-1, 14 KOs)

  Krzysztof Wlodarczyk-(53-3-1, 37 KOs) Vs. Murat Gassiev-(24-0, 17 KOs)

 Dmitry Kudryashov- (21-1, 21 KOs) Vs. Yunier Dorticos- (21-0, 20 KOs)

 George Groves- (26-3, 19 KOs) Vs. Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs)

. Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) Vs. Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)

. Juergen Braehmer- (48-3, 35 KOs) Vs. Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs)

 Avni Yildirim (16-0,10 KOs) versus winner of Chris Eubank Jr (24-1,19KOs)  and Arthur Abraham (46-5,30 KO’s)

 

 

HOW TO WATCH THE World Boxing Super Series Draft Gala LIVE July 8th 2017

The LIVE Draft Gala  for the upcoming “World Boxing Super Series” will take place tonight July 8th 2017 and available for fans worldwide to view online FREE. The draft will take place at the following time

In Europe 9pm Central European Summer Time (CEST) 8pm British Summer Time (BST)

In the United States 5pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) 2pm Pacific Time (PT)

In the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

You can find out which fighters will face off in the opening matchups by following the link below, if you are a boxing fan this series is one you will NOT WANT TO MISS!

Watch Here!!

https://worldboxingsuperseries.com/

In the Cruiserweight Bracket the following fighters will be participating

Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs), WBO World Champion  Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion

Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion  Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion Dmitry Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs) and

Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs)

In the Super Middleweight Bracket the Following fighters will be participating

George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion  Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs), former WBA & WBO Champion

Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs) Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) Avni Yildirim  (16-0,10 KOs) and the Winner of Chris Eubank Jr (24-1,19 KOs) Vs. Arthur Abraham (46-5,30 KO’s)

 

 

LINDENHURST, LONG ISLAND’S ALICIA NAPOLEON TO COMPETE IN FIRST WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE FIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF NASSAU COLISEUM

LINDENHURST, LONG ISLAND’S ALICIA NAPOLEON TO COMPETE IN FIRST WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE FIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF NASSAU COLISEUM, SATURDAY, JULY 15, AT NYCB LIVE, HOME OF THE NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

LONG ISLAND, NY (July 7, 2017) – When boxing returns to NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on Saturday, July 15, for the first time in 31 years, popular Long Island fighter Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon (7-1, 5 KOs) will make history participating in the venue’s first ever female boxing match, as part of the evening’s stacked undercard. Facing the experienced Mary McGee (23-3, 12 KOs), of Gary, IN, in a 10-round contest, Napoleon will challenge for her first world title, with the vacant IBF junior middleweight world championship at stake. The historic bout will not be televised, so boxing fans will need to be in the arena to witness the action.
 
Headlining the Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes event will be an exciting clash between former world champions Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs). The televised tripleheader also includes a battle of the Islands, as Staten Island’s “Sir” Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) takes on Long Island native and fan favorite “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs) in a light heavyweight showdown, as well as an all-Polish heavyweight grudge match between Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) and Adam Kownacki (15-0, 12 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

“On the July 15 undercard, Alicia Napoleon, a local Long Island woman from Lindenhurst, will be going for her first world title, making history for both her and women’s boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This will not only be the first women’s world title fight at Nassau Coliseum, now the newly renovated NYCB Live, but it will be the very first women’s boxing match held at the renowned venue. This historic bout adds to an already tremendous card that fans will not want to miss.” 

 
The Italian Napoleon, of Lindenhurst, is a powerful pressure fighter who, despite her exceptional technical ability, has a propensity to brawl to the delight of her passionate fan base. She trains out of Overthrow Boxing Club in Manhattan, a gym she co-owns and helped found in 2015. Napoleon grew up in Manorville, Suffolk County, Long Island, as an athletic youth, participating in every sport she could, before turning to boxing while a senior in high school. Amassing a 22-5 amateur record, Napoleon won two New York Golden Gloves titles, a National Golden Gloves title, two National bronze medals, three Metro belts, as well as winning the Empire State Games, Platinum Gloves and NYABC tournament. She turned pro in August 2014, and appeared on DiBella Entertainment’s longstanding local boxing series “Broadway Boxing” three times on her way up the rankings. Competing in her first scheduled 10-round bout on January 29, 2016, Napoleon defeated Hungarian Szilvia Szabados via unanimous decision to capture the WBC Silver super welterweight belt. Now, with her first world title opportunity and fighting in NYCB Live’s inaugural female boxing match, Napoleon is helping to bring well deserved recognition to women’s boxing.
 
“To fight for a world title at NYCB Live and to make history doing it is going to be an amazing experience,” said Napoleon. “My opponent is a tough fighter, a volume puncher who comes forward, but I’ll be prepared. I’ve been training like a beast since January.
 
“When I was born, my grandfather actually told my mom that I would be a boxer because I had big hands. I feel it was my destiny. I’ve always loved the mental and physical challenges of boxing. I love feeling empowered, pushing my limits, embracing pain and working through it. I love to channel fear and turn it into something positive. Nothing good comes easy.
 
“Given the magnitude of this event, the level of opposition, fighting for a world title in the venue’s first boxing card in over three decades, being a Long Island girl and making history, the pressure is on and I am going to shine bright like a light that night.”

THE JOE SMITH JR. STORY – FROM THE COMMON MAN TO TOP RATED CONTENDER!

Born and raised on Long Island, the 27-year-old JOE SMITH JR., (23-1 19 KO’s), has taken the road less travelled to the top of the light heavyweight division. From battling in the New York Golden Gloves to defeating boxing legend Bernard Hopkins live on HBO World Championship Boxing at the iconic Los Angeles venue, The Fabulous Forum this past December, JOE SMITH JR. proved he shines brightest on the biggest stage.

With just 50 amateur fights under his belt, highlighted by a New York Golden Gloves Championship victory over Long Island rival Seanie Monaghan, Smith Jr. made his professional debut on Halloween Night, 2009 knocking out David Brown in the first round at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Following his knockout victory, Smith Jr. returned to his construction job, working with the General Laborers Union, Local 66. Punching in at 5:30 am and punching the bag at 6:00 pm, Smith Jr. found a balance between being a professional boxer and a Union Laborer.

Smith Jr. followed up his pro debut with five more early knockouts before the only loss in his eight-year career, suffering a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero in August 2010.

Back to work in the summer of 2010, Smith Jr. won his next ten fights and caught the eye of Star Boxing CEO and President JOE DEGUARDIA.

Signing with Star Boxing, Smith Jr. made his debut under their banner on December 20, 2014 with a first round knockout of Maxell Taylor at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Two more knockouts followed against Dion Savage and Cory Cummings before Smith Jr. faced fellow New York City area rival Will Rosinsky on December 15, 2015.

Fighting for the first time at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on the undercard to the World Middleweight Championship between Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillen, Smith Jr. displayed an array of boxing skills, an excellent jab and his trademark power shots from both hands to win a dominant ten round unanimous decision.

While Smith Jr. began compiling victories, and rising in the ranks of the Light Heavyweight division, he never lost track of his humble beginnings, and continued to work as a union laborer.

Returning to The Paramount on April 23, Smith Jr. got back in the knockout column stopping Fabiano Pena in the second round.

Smith Jr.’s biggest break of his career came on June 18, 2016 as he traveled to Chicago, Illinois to face Polish hometown favorite and former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara, televised nation wide live, primetime on NBC.

Coming into the fight a decided underdog, Smith Jr. let his hands go from the opening bell, drilling Fonfara to the canvas with a beautiful right hand to the head. Although Fonfara beat the count, Smith Jr. followed with a flurry of unanswered power shots, which caused referee Hector Atu to call a halt to the action.

With the knockout victory, Smith Jr. was awarded the WBC International Light Heavyweight Title, which Fonfara had held.

Smith Jr. continued to be the peoples champion, just like the athletes of old, maintaining a job while plying his trade as a boxer.

Weeks later Smith Jr. was offered another extraordinary opportunity by his promoter, a fight with boxing legend Bernard Hopkins on Saturday, December 17 at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.

Fighting on the West Coast for the first time, Smith Jr. dominated Hopkins, firing away at will with power shots throughout every round. Sending the future Hall of-Famer though the ropes with a battering combination from his heavy hands, Smith Jr. earned the victory by knockout in the eighth round.

Following the two knockouts of Fonfara and Hopkins, Smith Jr. earned numerous accolades from the national boxing media for “The Story of the Year”. “Knockout of the Year” and “Upset of the Year”.

Smith Jr. continues his quest to become a world champion by fighting Sullivan Barrera on July 15at The Fabulous Forum, where a victory will bring this Common Man and Top Contender one step closer to realizing his dream of being the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Known as “The Common Man”, Irish-American Joe Smith Jr. burst onto the international boxing scene last June, knocking out the highly favored, former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of a nationally televised contest (NBC) from the Pole’s hometown of Chicago.

Six months later Smith challenged future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins at the Fabulous Forum and live on HBO. Dominating the legend on December 17 through the first seven rounds, the construction union laborer Smith drilled Hopkins to the canvas and out of the ring earning the knockout in the eighth round.

Sullivan Barrera is riding a two bout knockout streak with victories over Paul Parker on April 15 and Vyacheslav Shabaranskyy on December 16, 2016. His only loss was a decision to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward in March 2016, and Barrera is considered one of the top fighters in the stacked division.

Smith vs. Barrera is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Main Events. This fight is part of a sensational triple header featuring Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura, a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship and the WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales defending his title against Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos. Berchelt-Miura is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions.

World Boxing Super Series announces seeding for inaugural season of Muhammad Ali Trophy

The World Boxing Super Series is pleased to announce the seeding for the inaugural season of the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing. During tomorrow´s Draft Gala, the top four seeds will select their opponents from the four unseeded boxers.

In the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

The confirmed Cruiserweights as of this moment are-

Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs), WBO World Champion

Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion

Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion

Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion

Dmitry Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs)

Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs)

The Confirmed Super Middleweights are

George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs), former WBA & WBO Champion

Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)

Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs)

Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs)

Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs)

Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs)

Winner of Eubank (24-1, 19 KOs) vs. Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs)

Glowacki and Feigenbutz confirmed as reserves

Glowacki and Feigenbutz confirmed as reserves

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to confirm the first two reserves for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Former WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) and up-and-coming German youngster Vincent Feigenbutz (26-2, 23 KOs) are on stand-by to join the tournament if one of the original 16 participants is unable to continue. “The World Boxing Super Series will follow a strict schedule,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board. “The Muhammad Ali Trophy has been designed to crown the undisputed number one in less than 10 months and we will not accept any postponements or delays. If a fighter is unavailable to box on the proposed date, he will be replaced by a world-class reserve who has been in full training. In a physical sport like boxing, there is always the chance of an injury, so we need to be prepared. We are glad to announce the first two reserves, who are both exciting fighters, today.”   Said Glowacki: “I am ready to come into the tournament and prove the world that I am the best cruiserweight. I will be training very hard and be in perfect shape once my name is called.”   Said Feigenbutz: “The Muhammad Ali Trophy is the Greatest Prize in Boxing. I feel honored to be considered. I will train extremely hard to be ready should the opportunity present itself.”   Tomorrow night in Monaco, the Draft Gala will be held at the famed Grimaldi Forum. The live TV show (23:00 local, 5 PM ET) will be broadcasted in multiple territories and also be streamed live on www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com. The top four seeds, which will be set by the Comosa Board once the line-up has been completed, will select their opponents from the unseeded boxers.   In the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE

Participants confirmed: 16 of 16

Number of belts: 7

Number of world champions: 5

Number of former world champions: 3

Number of undefeated fighters: 9

Combined Record of participants: 398 wins, 16 losses, 275 KOs (not counting Eubank/Abraham)

Confirmed Cruiserweights (8 of 8)

Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs), WBO World Champion

Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion

Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion

Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion

Dmitry Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs)

Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs)

Confirmed Super-Middleweights (8 of 8)

George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs), former WBA & WBO Champion

Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)

Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs)

Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs)

Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs)

Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs)

Winner of Eubank (24-1, 19 KOs) vs. Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs)

 

ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES

Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy

WBC honours World Boxing Super Series with Diamond Championships

WBC honours World Boxing Super Series with Diamond Championships

The World Boxing Council (WBC) will honour the World Boxing Super Series by awarding its prestigious WBC Diamond Belt for both the Cruiserweight as well as the Super-Middleweight tournament. As of today, the inaugural season of the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament already features five world champions and three former champions as well as three rising contenders, which has led to an outcry of media and fan approval.

The WBC Diamond Championship has been created as an honorary championship for the winner of a historic fight between two elite boxers, such as the blockbuster between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

“This tournament is all about the best fighting the best,” said WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. “There will be no easy fight and whoever wins will clearly be recognised as one of the most extraordinary and elite boxer in the sport. Hence, we are proud to put the WBC Diamond Championship on the line, which marks the biggest honour the WBC can grant. The WBC is proud to support and fully embrace the tournament and we look forward to a terrific start at the Gala in Monte Carlo on July 8, joining the greatest icon in boxing Muhammad ALI as the inspiration to all participants.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board, is delighted that the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament has been received so well by federations, fans and fighters. “We are thrilled that the WBC honours the tournament with the Diamond Championship, their biggest prize. We´re in for a lot of exciting fights and this is a real honour. We look forward to also working closely together with WBC and its President in order to bring the sport forward inside and outside the ring.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights. The winners will receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy. The quarter-finals will be set during the live Draft Gala at the famed Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Saturday, with the top seeds (determined by the Comosa Board) picking their opponents from the unseeded boxers.

Undefeated UK star Callum Smith joins star-studded World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to confirm another unbeaten star for the inaugural season of the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that now features seven undefeated fighters, five world champions and three former world champions. As the WBC number 1, Smith will fight for the WBC Diamond Championship in his quarter-final match-up, with his opponent to be determined during the Draft Gala on Saturday night in Monaco. WBA Super Champion George Groves, former world champion Juergen Braehmer as well as undefeated challengers Erik Skoglund and Jamie Cox will also be competing in the super-middleweight competition. The remaining three spots will be announced before the weekend.

”I am thrilled to participate in the World Boxing Super Series, the Champions League of boxing,” Smith said. “What an honour it will be to fight for the WBC Diamond Championship in the quarter-final. But there is so much more at stake than just one belt – the Muhammad Ali Trophy as well as a potential domestic showdown with George Groves in the final. This tournament is very exciting for boxing and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I look forward to travelling to Monaco for the Draft Gala on Saturday and find out who my opponent will be.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board, said that the tournament line-up was coming together nicely. “At cruiserweight, the World Boxing Super Series features four world champions, two former world champions and a KO King. At super middleweight, we now have two belts in the tournament, George Groves` WBA Super Title and the WBC Diamond Championship, which Callum Smith will fight for in his quarter-final match-up. In addition, there are two undefeated challengers. We have assembled a truly outstanding group of fighters who will now determine the undisputed number one in their respective division.”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer, is pleased to give Smith, along with the other participants, the opportunity to shine. “Smith has been one of the hottest prospects in the UK for years and now he gets his chance to showcase his talents on the biggest stage of all,” Sauerland said. “The super-middleweight tournament will be exceptional and we will announce further high-profile names very soon.”

Said Smith`s promoter Eddie Hearn: “It’s been a very frustrating period for Callum but now we have clarity and something he can really get his teeth into. He is a technically excellent fighter with huge power who we believe has all the attributes to become a World champion – and stay there!”

38-0 Undefeated Yildirim and Brant join super-middleweight bracket, Perez completes cruiserweight tournament line-up

38-0 Undefeated Yildirim and Brant join super-middleweight bracket, Perez completes cruiserweight tournament line-up

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce three more rising challengers. Undefeated youngsters Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) and Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) have been added to the super-middleweight competition, while Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) completes the cruiserweight line-up. With just one more spot to be filled, the Muhammad Ali Trophy now features nine undefeated fighters, five world champions and three former world champions.

Yildirim, from Turkey, has already fired a first warning shot to his competitors. “In the USA they call me the Dentist because what I do in sparring and in fights is rearranging teeth,” he said. “My message to everybody else in the tournament: You should all hope that you don’t have to fight me in the first round because I will definitely win and go on to the semi-final, final and to the victory. There is no stopping me. I want to make my country and my people proud and I will win the World Boxing Super Series for Turkey.“

Like Yildirim, Brant feels it is his time to shine. “I will be proud to represent America in the World Boxing Super Series,“ he said. “I am young, I am undefeated, I am hungry and I am ready for the world stage.  This is my time! I did not just enter this tournament, I am going to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy!”

Yildirim and Brant join a stacked competition that already features WBA Super Champion George Groves, Callum Smith (who as the WBC´s top-ranked challenger will be fighting for the WBC Diamond Championship), former champion Juergen Braehmer as well as rising challengers Erik Skoglund and Jamie Cox.

Perez completes a star-studded cruiserweight competition that comprises all four reigning world champions, two former world champions and a KO king. Perez fancies his chances to win at all. “I am very happy to be part of the World Boxing Super Series,” he said. “It´s a very exciting tournament and the perfect opportunity for me to prove that I can be the best cruiserweight in the world.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board, is excited about the tournament line-up. “With 15 of the 16 spots filled, I think it´s fair to say that the World Boxing Super Series is delivering on the promise to bring together the best fighters from all around the world,” he stated. “With so many champions, former champions and unbeaten challengers, the line-up is truly amazing.”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa`s Chief Boxing Officer, revealed that the final participant – the eighth super-middleweight – will be announced on Friday morning. “Everything is falling into place nicely,” he said. “The stage is set for the Draft Gala, with the 16th and final spot to be announced on Friday morning. And I can already reveal that it will be a big one.”   The first participants have started to arrive in Monaco where the hotly-anticipated Draft Gala will take place on

Saturday (23:00 local, 5 PM ET). The live TV show will be broadcasted in multiple territories and also be streamed live on www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com. During the Draft Gala, the top four seeds, which will be set by the Comosa Board once the line-up has been completed, will select their opponents from the unseeded boxers.   In the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

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