WBC World Championship at stake in Briedis-Glowacki WBSS Semi-Final in Riga!
The WBC World Cruiserweight Championship is on the line when Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) clash for a place in the WBSS Cruiserweight Final on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.
Ukrainian superstar Aleksandr Usyk ripped the green belt from Briedis in the semi-final last year on his way to winning the Cruiserweight Ali Trophy and becoming the undisputed king of the division. He has since moved up to heavyweight, meaning his titles will be contested.
“The WBC title is an additional weight on my shoulders but a the same time it gives even more motivation for the fight,” said Briedis, a former WBC World Champion from 2017 to 2018, and adds: “I am really looking forward to returning to the WBC Champions family!”
Krzysztof Glowacki, the WBO World Champion from 2015-2016, vows to bring the belt home to Poland.
“I am extremely delighted that my fight against Briedies has become even more important because of WBC belt,” said Glowacki. “It’s a great opportunity to become one of the best polish fighters in boxing history! I will do anything to win this fight and bring the world title to my country. My teammate Krzysztof Wlodarczyk was WBC champion for many years and now is time to bring the belt back home!”
“The vacant WBC title is adding even more gold dust to Briedis’ and Glowacki’s quest for the Ali Trophy in Riga,“ said Kalle Sauerland. Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “They are both former world champions and incredibly eager to be crowned again!”
Mairis Briedis Interview
Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) feels ready to shine for a third time at the Arena Riga on June 15, when he faces Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) for a place in the Cruiserweight Final for the Ali Trophy.
In Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series Briedis fought twice in front of capacity crowds in Latvia’s capital. The national hero won a unanimous points decision over Mike Perez in the quarter-final and after an extremely tough and hard-fought battle, he lost to Aleksandr Usyk who claimed a 12-round majority decision, in the semi-final.
After defeating Noel Mikaelian via a unanimous decision in Season 2’s quarter-final last November, the former WBC champion is back at the Arena Riga for a second attempt of reaching the final. He is facing a warrior, who has promised to bring the war to Riga, a former WBO champ whose only career loss likewise is credited to Usyk.
“I am really looking forward to another chance to get to the final,” said Briedis. “In front of my people in a fight watched by the world, I will do my best to make Latvia proud.”
How has training been going?
“I am always trying to do what my trainers are asking from me. We are working on our prepared plan and thus far everything has been good and I myself feel better and better for every single day.”
What have you learned from last year’s semi-final experience? And this year’s quarter-final?
“There are things to learn from every fight and of course I took lessons from both of those fights to be better going forward.”
What do you think of your opponent, Glowacki?
“He is a very good boxer with a very heavy punch.”
Do you have a message for him?
“We’ll be able to pass our messages from one to another in the ring. Now it’s all about focusing on the preparation.”
What can the fans in Riga expect to see from you?
“It will be the world’s finest boxing show at the arena with two mega fights taking place at the same night plus all the local talent on the undercard who are all preparing to show their best on such a big night of boxing.”
What is your dream scenario for the fight?
“For me, the most important is to enjoy the fight and end it with no injuries or anything unwanted.”
Have you been seeing or following the other divisions in the WBSS?
“Unfortunately very little but as much as I have seen made me as a boxing fan very happy about the WBSS product.”
Who do you think you will face in the final?
“I have always been going step by step in my career and my next step is the semi-final bout against Glowacki which is the only thing I’m thinking of right now. And like I said, I’ll do everything to make Latvia proud!”
The WBSS returns on June 15 with a sensational doubleheader at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for spots in the Cruiserweight Final for the Ali Trophy.
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated semi-final in Riga are on sale from: bilesuserviss.lv
All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.