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)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Those fouls included hitting behind the head, wrestling and pushing the face of Golub with his forearm.
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.
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)
Confirmed Super-Middleweights (3 of 8)
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.