World Boxing Super Series

By Cain Bradley on July 11, 2017
World Boxing Super Series
We know all the entries and we know who will fight who throughout the competition.

The cruiserweight division is the headliner here. Oleksandr Usyk is the number one seed and the favorite…

The World Boxing Super Series is now set as a competition. We know all the entries and we know who will fight who throughout the competition.

The cruiserweight division is the headliner here. Four world champions will be competing. Oleksandr Usyk (12-0) is the number one seed and the favorite. His movement and balance is incredible but he does not seem to really sit down on his punches which could lead to some long fights for the Ukrainian. As first seed he got to pick his quarter final opponent. He went with the obvious choice for most in Germany, Marco Huck (40-4-1). Huck is past his best and most lately got dominated by Mairis Breidis. Usyk claimed he picked Huck “for his fans.” In an odd kink to the tournament, the number one seed if he comes through will actually box the third seed if he wins. That means he will take on the winner of the clash between Mairis Breidis (22-0) and Mike Perez (22-2-1). Breidis, the Latvian WBC champion has a difficult bout in Perez. The Cuban was a good heavyweight who only lost to Alexander Povetkin but took a two-year layoff and dropped 40 pounds. If his power remains at cruiserweight then he is very dangerous.

The other half of the competition is just as intriguing. It was ordained that Murat Gassiev (24-0) would fight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1) as his IBF mandatory defense. Wlodarczyk is a two-time world titleholder and both men talked about this being a “great fight.” Arguably the most intriguing bout comes between Cuban defector Yunier Dorticos (21-0) and Dmitry Kudryashov (21-1). Given the style of both players it is likely to be a slugfest. Dorticos was actually in tears at the draw after being reunited with Perez, who he hadn’t seen in ten years.

The super middleweight division has a less glamorous look to it, with only the one world champion. That is George Groves (26-3) who headlines a Brit dominated draw. He chose to box compatriot and amateur roommate Jamie Cox (23-0). Groves called him the “easiest route.” He looked at the size difference and the quality of opposition which he believes means he can dominate Cox. The winner could have another domestic showdown in the semi final. Chris Eubank Jr. (24-1) will have to beat Arthur Abraham (46-5) to qualify for the tournament on July 15. The winner will then clash with Avni Yildirim (15-0) in my favorite clash of the first round. Yildirim will look to walk forward and see how real the Eubank power is.

The favorite for the tournament is Callum Smith (22-0) who turned down a world title shot against Anthony Dirrell to enter the tournament. His first round opponent is the huge Erik Skoglund (26-0) who comes down from light heavyweight believing “stylistically Erik is the best matchup for me.” The final quarter final is probably the worst in either tournament. Juergen Braehmer (48-3) coming down from light heavyweight was seeded four despite probably being past his best. He was left to fight Rob Brant (22-0), an undefeated prospect coming up from middleweight.

There is also an alternate in both weights who will be an injury replacement in emergencies. Those boxers are Kryzsztof Glowacki (27-1) and Vincent Feigenbutz (26-2). The eight quarter finals are being scheduled to take place over eight consecutive weeks in September and October. Smith vs. Skoglund sounds likely to be September 15 at the moment. The semis will be in January and February before the finals in May.

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  1. Kid Blast 12:44pm, 07/11/2017


  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:30pm, 07/11/2017

    Cruiser tourney is very interesting….Super Middle not so much. Not so sure Groves shouldn’t be favored there.