Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos both made weight ahead of tomorrow’s WBSS Cruiserweight Ali Trophy final at the Plazamedia Studios in Munich.
At the same time, the finalists faced off for the final time and gave their final statements before the battle in Bavaria for The Greatest Prize in Boxing.
Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs), tournament No. 1 seed: 90.2 kg/198 lbs
“We have done a tremendous job at training camp,” said Briedis. “We truly believe we will show a spectacular fight.”
‘The KO Doctor’ Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs), tournament 2 seed & IBF Champion: 90.6 kg/199lbs
“I can’t wait for tomorrow night it’s going to be fireworks!” said Dorticos.
“Tomorrow I will pick up where Muhammad Ali left 44 years ago when he produced his last KO of his career here in Munich. I will pick up where his footsteps left meaning I will carry on with his legacy.”
Featherweight – 8 rounds (of 2 minutes)
Sophie Alisch (56.8 kg) – Edina Kiss (57 kg)
Super-Middleweight – 8 rounds
Leon Bunn (77.2 kg) – Timo Laine (77.3 kg)
Middleweight IBF European Championship
Denis Radovan (72 kg) – Robert Talarek (72.5 kg)
Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) and his team arrived on Wednesday in Munich ahead of his Ali Trophy clash with Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday.
“Finally the fight day is near, and to be honest I can’t wait for Saturday!” said the tournament No. 1 seed after touching down in Munich. “As usual I will give my best so that we know we did the best our here to reach the result and take home the trophy.”
The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos takes place behind-closed-doors at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center in Munich, Germany on Saturday. On the line: The Muhammad Ali Trophy, IBF World title, and vacant Ring Magazine 200 lbs belt.
German rising stars Leon Bunn, Denis Radovan, and Sophie Alisch will feature on the undercard of Briedis-Dorticos. Leon Bunn 15-0, 8 KOs challenges Finland’s Timo Laine (27-13, 11 KOs) across eight rounds, IBF European Middleweight Champion Denis Radovan (13-0-1, 6 KOs) defends his title against tough Polish middleweight Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16 KOs), and ‘Die Zukunft’ Sophie Alisch (5-0, 1 KO) faces Edina Kiss (15-13, 9 KOs).
The final will be shown live on DAZN in the U.S. & Canada, Sky Sports in the UK, and Bildplus in Germany.
WBSS Cruiserweight Final to be shown LIVE on Sky Sports in the UK
Sky Sports, the UK’s premier sports broadcaster, includes the massive Mairis Briedis vs Yuniel Dorticos Ali Trophy showdown to its schedule on 26 September.
“We are delighted to be delivering another great final to the amazing UK fans,” said Andreas Benz, CEO of Comosa, the WBSS organiser.
“A final for the Muhammad Ali Trophy has proved to be something extraordinary. We have seen that it brings out the best in the boxers which reflects the DNA of our tournament as to deliver and continue to deliver boxing at its very best to fans of the sport.”
Adam Smith, Sky Sports’ Head of Boxing Development, said: “The WBSS has already supplied some classic encounters, live on Sky Sports, so we’re expecting even more drama when Mairis Briedis battles Yuniel Dorticos this month!”
Previous WBSS Season II finals shown on Sky Sports – Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire and Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor – were consensus fights of the year 2019, and Mairis Briedis vs IBF champ Yuniel Dorticos has the same components for another fabulous final.
Said Kalle Sauerland, WBSS Chief Boxing Officer: “Briedis and Dorticos are both massive power punchers, they only move forward, and we’ve seen them both deliver before in the WBSS. So look forward to absolute fireworks on 26 September when the division’s number 1 and 2 clash for the Muhammad Ali Trophy!”
The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos takes place behind-closed-doors in a film studio at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center in Munich, Germany on Saturday, 26 September. On the line: The Muhammad Ali Trophy, IBF World title, and vacant Ring Magazine 200 lbs belt.
The final will be shown live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.
The Road to Munich:
Maris Briedis, tournament No. 1 seed, qualified for the final through wins over Noel Mikaelian (UD) and Krzysztof Glowacki (TKO3), while Dorticos, No. 2 seed conquered Mateusz Masternak (UD) and Andrew Tabiti (KO10) to enter the 200 lbs decider.
Muhammad Ali Trophy winners:
2019: Josh Taylor (Super-Lightweight), Naoya Inoue (Bantamweight)
2018: Aleksandr Usyk (Cruiserweight), Callum Smith (Super Middleweight)