Results from Riga, Latvia
Mairis Briedis W TKO 9 Olanrewaju Durodola
Sergei Ekimov W UD 10 Charles Adamu
Fedor Papazov W TKO 7 Xolani Mcotheli
Aslanbek Kozaev W UD 8 Nikoloz Gvajava
Main event starts around midnight local time in Riga, Latvia
Olanrewaju Durodola and Mairis Briedis are ready for their historic WBC Silver Cruiserweight Championship in Riga, Latvia.
It is the first major WBC title fight ever in the beautiful small country right by the Baltic Sea.
At today’s official weigh-in Durodola and Briedis made it very clear that they are both more than ready for the big fight.
“Durodola is the best opponent of my career so far”, said Briedis. “But I’m up for the challenge. Training camp went very well and I will not let my fans down. It is a big chance for me to fight for this prestigious belt here in my home town. I will not let my fans down.”
Silver Champion Durodola said that he is not willing to leave without his belt. “We did not come here for sightseeing. I’m used to fighting abroad and beating opponents in their backyard. That is what I did when I won the title against Kudryashov and I will do it again.”
Both men had no problem making the weight. Briedis tipped the scale at 90.3 kg (199 lbs.) while Durodola was slightly lighter at 90.05 kg (198.5 lbs.).
The winner of this Final Elimination bout will face either Tony Bellew or Ilunga Makabu next who will fight for the vacant WBC World Cruiserweight Championship later this month in Liverpool.