World Boxing Super Series action will hit the United States for the first time this week as the Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov quarter-final showdown lights up the ring this Saturday, September 23 from the Alamodome in San Antonio.
This will be the third straight week of WBSS quarter-final action after Callum Smith impressively got the super middleweight tournament underway by dropping and beating previously unbeaten Erik Skoglund Saturday in Liverpool. The tournament kicked-off in spectacular fashion one week prior to that with unbeaten star Oleksandr Usyk delivering a TKO victory Marco Huck in Germany in the first cruiserweight quarter-final.
Perhaps the most anticipated fight of the quarter-finals, Saturday’s main event pits the WBA champion Dorticos against the Russian knockout artist Kudryashov. The two men have combined for 41 knockouts over their 42 pro victories and will each look to emphatically punch their ticket to the WBSS semi-finals.
The Dorticos vs. Kudryashov winner will face the winner of the quarter-final matchup between IBF champion Murat Gassiev and former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk that was recently announced for Oct. 21 in New Jersey. With a shot at title unification on the line, the stakes are sky high as the competitors vie to be the fighter left holding the Muhammad Ali Trophy next year.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports in association with World Boxing Super Series, are priced at $250, $125, $100, $50, and $30, and are on sale now. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.
Fans in the U.S. can stream the WBSS action live by signing up at WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com on fight night. Make sure to follow the WBSS on all of your social platforms for updates from fight week and fight night.
The September 23 event will also feature a reserve match between once-beaten cruiserweights Keith Tapia and Lateef Kayode, while former world champion Nonito Donaire returns to take on Mexico’s Ruben Garcia Hernandez.
Dorticos vs Kudryashov on 9/23 in San Antonio – Tickets On Sale!
The quest for the World Boxing Super Series Muhammad Ali Trophy in the cruiserweight division comes to San Antonio, Texas on September 23 when Cuban WBA World Champion Yunier ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) faces Russian Dmitry ‘Russian Hammer’ Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs) in a quarter-final scheduled fight at the Alamodome.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports in association with World Boxing Super Series, are priced at $250, $175, $100, $50, and $30, and are on sale now. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
“It’s a thrill to promote the first World Boxing Super Series fight in the United States,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. “This is a first class event and I am proud to be working with the World Boxing Super Series to bring the best fighters in the world to the US. San Antonio is a boxing town and the Alamodome is the perfect place to kickoff the North American leg of the World Boxing Super Series.”
“We can’t wait to bring the Ali Trophy to San Antonio,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “This is a real boxing Mecca and the US will get their first taste of what this tournament is all about”
A full slate of undercard bouts will be announced soon.
The quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the cruiserweight division comes to San Antonio, USA on September 23 when Cuban WBA World Champion Yunier ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) faces Russian Dmitry ‘Russian Hammer’ Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs) in a quarter-final bout at the Alamodome.
“I’m proud to attend a tournament where Muhammad Ali’s name is on the trophy and I’m looking forward to proving that I’m the best cruiserweight in the world,” said 31-year-old Dorticos from Miami, Florida.
“I am also happy that this bout is in the United States, which I now consider my country. I am sure that on September 23rd, I will be victorious.”
There are two KO specialists, two effective hammers colliding when the World Boxing Super Series hits Texas.
“Kudryashov calls himself ‘Russian Hammer’, but do not forget that there is also a Cuban hammer in this fight. My nickname is ‘The KO Doctor’, and Kudryashov is my next patient.”
The Draft Gala in Monaco in July paved the way the clash of the KO kings between fourth-seeded Dorticos and unseeded Kudryashov.
“I can’t wait for this fight to take place. One thing is for sure – the crowd in San Antonio gets an explosive affair that doesn’t go the distance!” said 31-year-old Kudryashov from Volgodonsk in Russia.
Ticket details for the quarter-final clash between Dorticos and Kudryashov on September 23 at the Alamodome in San Antonio will be announced soon. In the meantime, sign-up to ticket alerts here.
Yunier Dorticos joins World Boxing Super Series
The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce that undefeated WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) has signed up for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing. The 31-year-old Cuban joins a star-studded tournament line-up that that already features IBF Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) and former IBF / WBC Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) in the cruiserweight competition as well as WBA Super Champion George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) in the super-middleweight competition.
Dorticos is thrilled that the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament will provide him with the chance to add the IBF and WBC belts to his collection.
“I love the idea of the elimination tournament,” he said. “It will be a hell of a ride but I will come out on top! After the World Boxing Super Series, the whole world will know my name.
“I can´t wait to add the WBC and IBF belts to my collection. I will enter the tournament with one belt and leave it with three.”
“On top of that, I will take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy and a lot of money. Really it does not get any better than this, not for the fans and certainly not for us fighters.”
Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board, is thrilled to deliver on the promise to pit the best against the best.
“In the cruiserweight division, the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the WBA, IBF and WBC World Champions, all of which happen to be undefeated,” he said. “This is great for the fans because it is what they want to see – the best fighting the best.”
Added Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas: “Right now, we have got three undefeated cruiserweight world champions plus a top-ranked contender who is a former world champion. There are four more spots to be filled in the cruiserweight competition. We will make sure it will be exciting names and fighters the fans want to see.”
In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out 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.
The exact pairings will be determined during a Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the top-seeded boxers (which will be determined by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced. Further participants as well as details about the Draft Gala will be revealed shortly.