Berlin, Germany (TBC)
Ukraine’s 2012 Olympic hero and WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (13-0-0, 11 KOs) will fight Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) in January in one semifinal of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series. Usyk defended his WBO belt for the third time by knocking out Germany’s former world champion Marco Huck in his first match. Briedis fought past Cuba’s Mike Perez in a unanimous decision at home in Riga to set-up the fight with the favoured Usyk. On the other side of the draw, Cuban WBA cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos will face the winner of the Murat Gassiev (IBF cruiserweight champion) and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (former IBF and WBC champion) fight. The tournament winner will unify all of the cruiserweight belts and take home the lion’s share of the $50 million purse.