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“The Future is Now”: Danish rock star Jesper Binzer releases song written for World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to endorse a brand new song written especially for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Danish rock star Jesper Binzer, who has sold over a million records, has written “The Future is Now” for the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament.

“There could not be a more fitting title,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer. “The future of boxing starts now with the World Boxing Super Series where the best fight the best. We are thrilled to work with Jesper and we are proud that he has come up with this masterpiece for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. We look forward to presenting the song, on Saturday and adding it as a part of the World Boxing Super Series story.”

Binzer, who remains a part of the famous Danish rock band D-A-D, made the song as part of a solo project. “I know one of the tournament organizers and when he told me about the World Boxing Super Series project it just struck me,” said Binzer. “I always had a song in my head about facing the future with gloves on and that the future is now. For all those world champions and challengers in the tournament the future definitely is now, so I am glad I can contribute to this fun and exciting tournament.”

A teaser of the song is available to watch tonight on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook Page. The full song as well as a making-of video will be available to watch on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook Page and also at www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com tomorrow morning. “The Future is Now” will be featured this Saturday in Monaco when all 16 star boxers come face-to-face for the Draft Gala. In a 50-minute live TV show, the four top seeded boxers will select their opponents from the unseeded boxers. The Draft Gala will be broadcasted in multiple territories and also be streamed live on www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com. Starting in September, eight elite super-middleweights and eight elite cruiserweights, including all four world champions, will then battle it out in a KO tournament, with the winners taking home the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing.

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE

Participants confirmed: 15 of 16

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

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 (7 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)

“Cancun Boxing” this Saturday night at 8 p.m. and 12 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network

CANCUN, Mexico (July 6 2017) – The third installment of the 2017 “Cancun Boxing” series, presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing in association with Neon Star Sports & Entertainment, will air this Saturday night (July 7) in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on CBS Sports Network. An encore presentation will follow at 12 p.m. ET.

The event took place this past June 3rd at Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort, which hosts all series events.

Former IBF/WBO Minimumweight World Champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez, Jr. (22-4-1, 14 KOs) fought late replacement Rolando “El Duende” Gusman (15-3, 9 KOs), of Argentina, in the 12-round WBC Flyweight World Title Eliminator. Rodriguez’ original opponent, “Lil” Oscar Cantu (14-1, 1 KO), was injured in a car accident only days before the scheduled event.
 
Rodriguez, 23, won his first world title in 2014, stopping previously unbeaten Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1), the defending WBO minimumweight title fight in Mexico, in the 10th round. Later that same year, Rodriguez successfully defended his WBO crown with a 12-round unanimous decision over IBF minimumweight title holder Katsunari Takayama (27-6) to become unified world champion. Rodriguez vacated both titles in late 2014.
 
The 23-year-old Rodriguez unsuccessfully challenged WBA Light Flyweight World Champion Donnie Nietes (35-1-4), the reigning IBF flyweight world champion, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision.
 
Rodriquez, 2-1 in world title fights, is 2-3 vs. past world champions, including the only knockout loss of his career, in 2015, to Roman “Chocolalito” Rodriguez (35-0), the future “Pound-4-Pound King” from Nicaragua.
 
Gusman is a former Interim WBO Latino Super Flyweight and WBA International bantamweight title challenger.
The eight-round co-feature is a female featherweight rematch between Mexican rivals Jack Calvo (10-2-1, 1 KO) and Yesenia “La Nina” Gomez (13-4-1, 6 KOs). The two fought to a six-round draw this past April on a Cancun Boxing card.
 
The televised opener is an eight-round, non-title fight between a pair of Mexican lightweights, WBC Latino champion Francisco “Paquito” Rojo (19-2, 12 KOs) and Mexican Pacific Coast titlist Jesus “Kiligua” Velazco (13-9-2, 5 KOs).

Top N.E. boxers in action August 5 on “Fight Night at the Bay” in Quincy, MA

QUINCY, Mass. (July 6, 2017) — Many of New England’s best and most popular professional boxers will be showcased Saturday night, August 5, on the “Fight Night at the Bay” card, presented by Granite Chin Promotions, at Marina Bay Sportplex in Quincy, Massachusetts.
 
Former N.E. welterweight champion Derek Silveira (12-1, 6 KOs), fighting out of Salem (MA), will headline against an opponent to be determined in the eight-round main event.
 
In the eight-round co-feature, hometown favorite Chris Traietti (23-4, 19 KOs) and Nick Lavin (4-5, 4 KOs), of Shelton (CT), square off for the vacant New England Cruiserweight Championship. Traietti, fighting at home in Quincy, is also the co-promoter of “Fight Night at the Bay”. A former World Boxing Council (WBC) United States cruiserweight titlist, Traietti is a college graduate who did one tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
 
Three-time world title challenger, welterweight Aleksandra Lopes (17-4-2, 1 KO) will be in action versus former world super lightweight champion Lisa Garland (15-7-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round Special Female Welterweight Attraction. The popular Lopes is a native of Poland who lives in Marshfield (MA), Garland hails from York, South Carolina.
 
“Granite Chin Promotions is turning it up a notch for our August 5th event,” co-promoter Chuck Shearns said. “We are keeping promising, well-known young fighters busy. They’re fighting in front of their hometown fans, in some good scraps that promises to be an entertaining show. By the time the night is over, I expect we will have had a few surprises. Tickets are priced reasonably for this family-friendly venue on the beautiful South Shore.”
 
Unbeaten Brooklyn middleweight Carlos Gongora (8-0, 7 KOs) faces battle-tested Texan Larry “Slow Motion” Smith (10-33-1, 7 KOs) in a six-round fight.
 
Also fighting on the undercard in six-rounders is Dorchester (MA) welterweight Gabriel Duluc (11-2, 2 KOs) vs. Norwalk’s (CT) Shaka Moore (12-23-3, 2 KOs), Quincy’s undefeated U.S. Marine veteran Brandon Montella (7-0, 6 KOs) vs. Florida light heavyweight “Money” Mike Sawyer (7-8, 5 KOs), and Irish junior middleweight Paddy Irwin (3-0, 2 KOs), who lives in Quincy, vs. Philly’s Demetrius Thomas (0-4). Holbrook, MA welterweight Mike O’Han, Jr. (1-0) takes on Dorchester’s (MA) Daniel Amaro (0-2-1) in a four-round match.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.

JOE SMITH JR. – THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION IS BACK!

Following his recent knockout of boxing legend BERNARD HOPKINS, Long Island fan favorite JOE SMITH JR. moved right into the mix in the light heavyweight division, boxing’s deepest and most exciting.
Working full-time as a union laborer in the New York City area, Smith (23-1-0, 19 KO’s) will take a short break from wielding the sledgehammer as he finalizes training for his upcoming 10-round showdown with fellow highly ranked contender SULLIVAN BARRERA, (19-1-0, 14 KO’s), on Saturday, July 15 from The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and telecast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (9:50 p.m. ET/PT).
Most recently a new #1 Pound-for-Pound in boxing from the light heavyweight division was heralded as ANDRE WARD defeated SERGEY KOVALEV for the second time on June 17, defending the WBA/IBF/WBO Light Heavyweight Titles. On June 3, longtime WBC Light Heavyweight Champion ADONIS STEVENSON stopped highly ranked contender ANDRZEJ FONFARA.
In addition to those two champions the division is filled with world class fighters and highly regarded contenders including ARTUR BETERBIEV, DMITRY BIVOL, OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK and ELEIDER ALVAREZ .
“It’s true the division is truly heating up and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said the 27-year-old Smith Jr. “The winner of my upcoming fight moves right into the top of the mix in the division.”
“With my last two knockouts I have the full confidence that the sky is the limit for me in this division, I want to achieve my dream of becoming a world champion.”
Smith Jr. is promoted by JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING who has developed the heavy handed Long Island native over the last few years into a world ranked contender and holder of the WBC International Light Heavyweight Title.
“Timing is always very important when bringing along a fighter to a higher level,” said DeGuardia. “We started working together a few years ago and our plan was to continue developing Joe’s talents and present him with the right opportunities for success. This is a formula we’ve used many times in the past in building fighters the right way.”
“When the opportunity came to fight Andrzej Fonfara we believed as a team that Joe was ready and he was spectacular in the first round knockout victory. The same with fighting Bernard Hopkins, it was a great opportunity and Joe put on another star making performance.”
“With the Sullivan Barrera fight the stakes are even higher but we feel this is another great opportunity for Joe, back on HBO which has built many stars over the last forty years.”
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 to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward by unanimous decision 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.

Samuel Vargas vs. Ali Funeka Headlines “Face Off” in NABA title fight

Samuel Vargas vs. Ali Funeka
Headlines “Face Off” in NABA title fight
Aug. 19 in Brampton, Canada
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (July 5, 2017) – North American Boxing Association welterweight champion Samuel Vargas has been on boxing’s biggest stage and he’s determined to prove that he still belongs there.
 
The 28-year-old Vargas (27-3-1, 14 KOs) steps up in one of the most significant fights of his career, August 19, as he defends his NABA title against three-time world title challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (39-6-3, 31 KOs) in the main event of Lee Baxter Promotions’ (LBP) second event at the Brampton Powerade Centre, “Face Off”, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
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Vargas-Funeka is inarguable one of the highest-level bouts to be staged in Toronto in several years.
 
“Sam is still at a stage in his career where he’s improving and to challenge a guy who’s been a world title contender for the better part of a decade shows that he’s still hungry and still wants to test himself,” promoter Lee Baxter said.
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The tough-as-nails Vargas, who fights out of Toronto, is riding the momentum of a dominant win by 10-round unanimous decision over Armando Robles (31-5-2, 18 KOs), at LBP’s first Powerade Centre event this past March, as well as a homecoming victory for Colombia-native’s fifth-round knockout this past May over former world title challenger Marco Antonio Avendano (30-10-1, 22 KOs).
 
An impressive victory over his battled-tested South African opponent will certainly re-position Vargas in the world boxing scene, where he was a little more than year ago, when he fought two of the premier welterweights in the world, former WBA Super World Super Lightweight titlist Danny Garcia (32-0, 19 KOs), and current International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Champion Errol Spence Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs), in losing yet invaluable fight experiences for Vargas against world-class opponents.
 
“We always have our eye on big fights for Sam. A win over Funeka would really resonate in the boxing world,” Baxter added.
 
Funeka has some unfinished business in the “Great White North” having lost in 2009 in one of the most controversial decisions in recent memory to Joan Guzman (29-0) in Quebec City. Although many viewers had Vargas defeating Guzman, including HBO’s unofficial scorer Harold Lederman, who scored the bout 117-111 for Funeka and called for an investigation into the judging that soon followed, resulted in a questionable 12-round majority draw for the vacant IBF World Lightweight Championship.

“Canadian fans have always had a soft spot for Funeka,” Baxter noted. “The crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum was on his side and they fell in love with him that night. He deserves this fight as much as Sam does.”
 
Nonetheless, Funeka has remained a fighting contender ever since, going on the road and battling some of the sport’s top stars. Last year, he upset previously undefeated Russian prospect Viskhan “Little Tyson” Murzabekov (12-0) by 12-round decision in his opponent’s homeland. More recently, the dangerous South African veteran fought a bloody battle with Jeff Horn (15-0-1), who last Saturday upset future Hall-of-Famer Manny Pacquiao to become the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) 147-pound division world champion. Funeka even dropped the tough Australian before being stopped in the sixth round of their fight last December in New Zealand.
 
Funeka represents a measuring stick for Vargas to gauge comparisons of him against some of the top welterweights in the world.

KO King Kudryashov joins star-studded World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to present the seventh of eight participants in the cruiserweight division. Dmitry Kudryashov has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that features the four reigning world champions Oleksandr Usyk (WBO), Mairis Briedis (WBC), Murat Gassiev (IBF) and Yunier Dorticos (WBO) as well as former champions Marco Huck and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. The Russian Hammer (21-1, 21 KOs) enters the Muhammad Ali Trophy with a fearsome KO ratio of 94 %, with all of his 21 victories coming by the way of knockout.

“I am the Russian Hammer and I will hammer my way to four titles and the Muhammad Ali Trophy,” Kudryashov said. “The tournament is loaded with champions and former champions but nobody has a better KO ratio than me. I have a lot of respect for my fellow participants but whoever gets in my way will be knocked out.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, believes the stage is set for a great tournament. “Four undefeated world champions, two former champions and a KO king battling it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament – it hardly gets any better than this,” he said. “The World Boxing Super Series will set new standards in terms of quality and entertainment.”

With the addition of Kudryashov, the combined KO ratio of all participants in the cruiserweight division has gone up to 74 percent. “A KO tournament for the KO machines – this is what fans have been dreaming of for a long time,” said Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas. “You wouldn´t want to miss a single second of the tournament, not just because of the fighters` overall quality but especially because of their punching power. With a line-up like this, any fight can be over at any second. The fans will love the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”

In what will be a historic moment, all participants will come face-to-face during the Draft Gala in Monaco on Saturday. The top four seeds will hand-pick their opponents from the unseeded boxers. “The drama begins live on stage at the famed Grimaldi Forum when these warriors will see eye-to-eye with their biggest rivals and try to select the easiest opponent,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa`s Chief Boxing Officer. “However, between four world champs, two former champs, a KO king and another high-profile challenger to be announced shortly, there will be no easy opponents. It´s intriguing to debate about who will pick whom. We can´t wait for Saturday.”

Once the quarter-final match-ups have been set, the dates and venues will be announced.

“Independence day” Boxing History in the USA!

It’s “Independence day” in the United Sates and we are officially 241yrs old!  Every year Americans across the country gather for parades, firework displays, barbeques and picnics while celebrating the fourth of July. On this day in boxing history, coincidentally two of the sports all time greatest fighters, both from America and both former champions in the sports “Flagship” division began their rise towards boxing immortality.

July 4, 1919- “The Manassa Mauler” Jack Dempsey defeats Jess Willard.

Champion Jess Willard known as the “Pottawatomie Giant”, had fought just once since defeating Jack Johnson in 1915 at Oriental Park Havana, Cuba. That bout was a questionable decision victory over Frank Moran in 1916. Entering at 6’6½” tall and 245 pounds, compared to Dempsey who was 6’1″, 187 pounds many fans thought his size advantage would be enough.

Once the bell rang Dempsey tore into Willard like a “Mad Dog”, knocking the champion down seven times in the first round alone.The contest would end when Willard failed to answer the bell for round four. In his three round beating, Willard suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, several broken teeth and facial fractures. It was later claimed by Jack Kearns, who was the manager of Dempsey at the time he faced Willard, after Dempsey had fired him that he personally placed “Plaster of Paris” in the hand wraps of Jack. Which was why, Dempsey was able to dish out such a brutal beating to Willard.

That claim was squashed by Nat Fleischer, founder and editor of “The Ring” magazine who stated “I watched the proceedings of Dempsey having his hands wrapped, Jack Dempsey had no loaded gloves, and no plaster of Paris over his bandages. Over the next several years, Dempsey along with promoter Tex Rickard would produce boxing’s largest “Live” gates of the era, including the sports first “Million Dollar” gate. He would lose his title in 1926 by decision to Gene Tunney. Then in a 1927 rematch, Dempsey knocks Tunney down for a count of fourteen but because he forgets the new rule of going to a neutral corner, It delayed the referee’s count giving Tunney fourteen seconds to recover.

Gene Tunney would again score a unanimous decision victory over Dempsey, in what would forever be known as “The Long Count”. That would be the last professional fight for Jack Dempsey who retired with a record of 54-6-9 (44).

July 4, 1934- “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis makes his pro-debut. 

On this day 83yrs ago Joe Louis made his pro-debut, stopping “THIRTY EIGHT” fight veteran Jack Kracken in under a round at the Bacon’s Arena, in Chicago. According to reports, Louis dropped Kracken with a hook just seconds into the round. He would make it to his feet at the count of nine. A relentless Joe Louis on the attack, landed a punch moments after that sent Kracken out of the ring, right into the lap of Illinois state Athletic commissioner Joe Triner.

At the count of fourteen, Kracken made it back into the ring but referee Dave Miller called a halt to the onslaught. It would be exactly two weeks shy of three years later, Joe Louis claimed the heavyweight championship when he stopped “Cinderella Man” James Braddock in eight rounds on June 22nd 1937. He would remain champion for twelve years and defend his title twenty six times a record that still stands. As of this day, Louis is considered by many to be boxing’s greatest heavyweight of all time.

Just like the country they originate from and division they reigned, both fighters had monumental moments of success, unforgettable moments of failure and both will forever be talked about equally.

 

Easter Jr defeats Shafikov by decision- PBC Flushes Further Down the Toilet on Bounce TV

Friday night on Bounce TV, an edition of Premier Boxing Champions broadcast from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. In the main event Robert Easter Jr defended his IBF lightweight title against tough Russian challenger Denis Shafikov. When Easter Jr boxed from a distance, he was able to work well behind his jab and control the ring yet never deter Shafikov who more often than not placed Easter Jr on his back foot. The belt holders best moments came with shoe shine flurries at rounds end, missing more than landing the appearance did steal some rounds.

When final scores were read the judges Eugene Grant and Jamie Garayua seen it 120-108, judge Carlos Ortiz Jr 116-112 all in favor of Robert Easter Jr. The scores of Grant and Garayua showed pure biased, in no way could they justify Easter winning every round. If the Ohio boxing commission was not corrupt they would demand to see the bank records for both judges. While the score of 116-112 handed in by judge Carlos Ortiz was also wide, at least a case can be made for giving Easter Jr benefit of a hometown advantage and not wanting to risk unemployment. With the win Robert Easter improved to 20-0 (14), Denis Shafikov now stands at 38-3-1 (20).

One of the most disgusting scorecards and refereeing jobs in recent weeks, took place in a co-feature between Super Welterweights Jamontay Clark and Ivan Golub. Over the eight round distance, Golub beat Clark to the punch, worked his body and frustrated the taller fighter. The only moments of success for Clark came during his fouls that went ignored by referee James Howe.

 

Jamontay Clark punches Ivan Golub behind the head in one of many fouls.

Those fouls included hitting behind the head, wrestling and pushing the face of  Golub with his forearm.

Clark headlocks Golub as referee James Howe watches and ignores.

The only thing Clark didn’t do was kick Golub in his testicles, if he had more than likely  referee Howe would have  deducted points from Golub and make the embarrassing score cards that read 79-73 and 77-75 in favor of Clark slightly more criminal. With his robbery Jamontay Clark improved to 12-0 (7), Ivan Golub after having his undefeated record stolen on national TV now stands at 13-1 (11).

In the nights second co-feature junior middleweight Julian Williams faced Joshua Conley. This was the first bout for Williams since his failed title bid last December, when WBC champion Jermall Charlo stopped him in five rounds. It was a clear confidence building bout for Williams, Conley had never faced a top 20 ranked opponent and stood little chance even for an upset before the bell rang. Williams met little resistance from Conley scoring a seventh round stoppage, placing him back on the winning track. With his win Julian Williams improved to 23-1-1 (15) Joshua Conley now stands at 14-2-1.

In Undercard action

Welterweight Enver Halili 10-0 (3) def. Wesley Tucker 14-1 (8) via UD 8. Scores read 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74.

Super Middleweight Damar Singleton 9-1 (5) def. Corey Dulaney 5-5-1 (1) via KO 2.

Female Junior Lightweight Alycia Baumgardner 3-0 (3) def. Lashonda Tabron 0-2 via TKO 1.

If the judges scores and corrupt referee’s were not enough to make this event total garbage, Adrien Broner who is scheduled to face Mikey Garcia later this month looked more like a Cruiserweight than Junior Welterweight jumping up and down ringside. It was disturbing to hear Robert Easter Jr in his post-fight interview call Adrien Broner his “Big Bro” and use the annoying tag line of Broner “Anyone can get it” when asked who he would like to face next. If Easter is going to imitate someone, make it a fighter who has self respect even if they don’t have the public’s.

Should anyone ever question why the PBC has fallen so quickly, I invite them to watch a replay of this event the picture quality was similar to an illegal PPV stream off a cheap cell phone camera.

 

 

WBO titlist Usyk signs up for Muhammad Ali Trophy

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce that the inaugural season of the Muhammad Ali Trophy will feature ALL four reigning cruiserweight champions. WBO titlist & Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) has officially joined the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament that already features unbeaten champions Yunier Dorticos (WBA), Mairis Briedis (WBC) and Murat Gassiev (IBF) as well as former champions Marco Huck and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, with two more spots to be filled. On July 8, all participants will come face-to-face at the Draft Gala in Monaco where they will hand-pick their quarter-final opponents.
Usyk is thrilled to be fighting for The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy. “I feel happy and inspired with the idea of such a tournament,” he stated. ”I’ve been dreaming of putting together all the champs to see who is the strongest and becomes the undisputed king of the division. I look forward to gaining three more world championship belts to my collection as well as the Greatest’s Muhammad Ali Trophy!”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, said the stakes could not be any higher. “This is a historic moment,” he stated. “Nobody has ever assembled as many top fighters as the World Boxing Super Series and put them in an elimination tournament to determine the undisputed number one. Whoever emerges from a competition that features the four reigning champions, two former champions as well as two rising challengers to be announced shortly will be universally recognized as the greatest cruiserweight out there.”

Richard Schafer, Comosa´s Chairman of the Americas, has lauded the fighters` for accepting the ultimate challenge. “It takes a lot of heart to sign up for the Muhammad Ali Trophy because the level of competition is beyond everything the world has ever seen,” he said. “Eight stars will put it all on the line – their belts, their unbeaten records and their reputation – knowing that only one of them can win. With four belts and the Muhammad Ali Trophy at stake, the World Boxing Super Series is as good as it gets for fighters and fans around the world.”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer, can´t wait for the tournament bracket to be unveiled during the Draft Gala. In an innovative process, the four top-seeds (to be determined by Comosa) will hand-pick their opponents from the four unseeded boxers. “This has never been done before and there could not be a more exciting way to kick off the World Boxing Super Series,” Sauerland said. “Just like the boxing fans all over the world, we are very curious to find out about the fighters’ picks. The stage is certainly set for an exciting tournament.”

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: 9 of 16

Number of world champions: 5

Number of former world champions: 2

Number of undefeated fighters: 6

Combined Record of participants: 246 wins, 10 losses, 172 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights (6 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

Confirmed Super-Middleweights (3 of 8)

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion
  • Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)
  • Jamie Cox (22-0, 12 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.

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