Undefeated WBA ‘Super’ bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9KOs) is the latest world champion to join season 2 of the World Boxing Super Series.
The 25-year-old will be joined by WBO holder Zolani Tete (27-3, 21KOs) and recently crowned IBF holder Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12KOs) in the second series of the knockout tournament.
Kalle Sauerland broke the news on his Tweeter account this afternoon:
BOOOOOM! #WBSS Season II – the Bantamweights! Signed up already are THREE World Champs….WBA Champ @ryanburnett01 ….. IBF Champ Manny Rodriguez and WBO Champ Zolani Tete more to follow here… #AliTrophy
The Belfast boy who defended his title against Yonfrez Parejo on the Joshua-Parker undercard expresses his desire to become a unified world champion:
“I have always wanted to be a world champion and to unify the titles against the best opposition out there,” he said.
“Now the World Boxing Super Series allows me to continue my dream against the other champions in the bantamweight division.”
South African WBO champion Zolani Tete has already called out who he wants first in the Super Series:
“I’m excited because I finally get the chance to prove myself against the best bantamweights in the world.
“We have been calling out Ryan Burnett quite a few times now but even surely the fight will happen sooner than expected.”
The recently crowned IBF champion Rodriguez is also very excited by the prospect of fighting the very best in the 118lb division:
“There will be eight fighters. In the first round I have the power to choose a challenger that is ranked among the top 10. For the second round it would be against a forced champion and then a great final.
“Whoever wins the tournament will keep all the belts, prize money and the Muhammad Ali Cup.”
The organisers are also adding two more weight classes to their second series and will make announcements in the coming weeks.
After the success of the cruiserweights and super-middleweights this second series could top both. The delayed finals of the current series will be decided “in the next 10 days”, said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland.
World Super Series Boxing has been a breathe of fresh air and I can’t wait for the draw in July and the first rounds to start in September.