Briedis vs Dorticos – DAZN, Sky Sports – Sept. 26

When:
26. September 2020 all-day America/New York Timezone
2020-09-26T00:00:00-04:00
2020-09-27T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
Munich, Germany
Munich
Germany

The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos takes place behind-closed-doors in Munich, Germany on Saturday, 26 September 2020. Watch the fight live on DAZN in the U.S. & Canada, Sky Sports in the UK, and Bildplus in Germany.

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.”

Undercard:
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)

The culmination of the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy will be held in a television studio under Covid-19 rules and with no spectators at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, a leading live sports production house in Munich.

“We are thrilled to announce the date and place for the exciting finale of Season II of the WBSS,” said Andreas Benz, CEO of Comosa AG, organiser of the World Boxing Super Series.

“Plazamedia is a phenomenal solution, the studios are providing a controlled environment which is of huge benefit to us and the production team to keep everyone safe while also putting on a great show.

“At the same time, we have done everything to secure fair conditions for both teams, and to ensure they remain healthy and isolated until the action starts.”

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.

“We are very happy about the announcement of the final,” said Latvia’s Mairis Briedis. “I love the fact that it will be in Munich as it reminds me of every time I went to train with the Klitschko brothers in Germany and the flights were always via Munich. Those are some great memories of the time spent with them there!”

Said Miami-based Cuban, Yuniel ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos, IBF World Cruiserweight Champion: “To all my fans worldwide, in Europe and especially in Munich, Germany: I am super happy the World Boxing Super Series final will take place in Munich, Germany, and I will see you all on Saturday, September 26th. The KO Doctor is back and ready to prescribe another dose of pain and take the Muhammad Ali Trophy back to Miami!”

Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of the WBSS, said: “On 26 September we will not only crown the best cruiserweight on the planet but also send a sign to the world that boxing is back with the first major transatlantic Championship bout between the undisputed number one and two in their division.

“The final is not only about honour and glory, but cementing a legacy. The winner will become a member of an exclusive ‘Ali Trophy Winner Club’ that includes Aleksandr Usyk, Callum Smith, Naoya Inoue, and Josh Taylor. It doesn’t get much bigger in boxing, and we expect Briedis and Dorticos to have an absolute barnstormer!”

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!”

Rising Stars to feature on the undercard of Briedis vs Dorticos

Germany’s Leon Bunn (15-0, 8 KOs), Denis Radovan (13-0-1, 6 KOs), and Sophie Alisch (5-0, 1 KO) are confirmed on the undercard of the WBSS Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, Ring Magazine belt, and IBF World title at the Plazamedia Broadcasting Center in Munich, Germany on 26 September.

Leon Bunn had a breakout 2019 as he won the IBF International Light Heavyweight title in May before successfully defending his title against world title challenger Enrico Kölling in November.

The unbeaten 28-year-old, ranked number 5 with the IBF and number 11 with the WBO, will be fighting at super middleweight for the first time as he challenges Finland’s Timo Laine (27-13, 11 KOs) across eight rounds.

“I’m really looking forward to fight on such a big event,” said Bunn. “It feels good to be back in the ring and to continue my journey towards becoming a World Champion.”

Also on the card is highly rated IBF European Middleweight Champion Denis Radovan. Radovan claimed two victories last year as he won the IBF title against Ronny Mittag in April before marking his UK debut against Luke Blackledge on the undercard of the WBSS Super-Lightweight final in October.

The unbeaten 27-year-old will be defending his title against tough Polish middleweight Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16 KOs).

“It’s an honour to showcase my talent on the biggest boxing tournament in history,” said Radovan. “I seriously can’t wait to hear that bell ring so I can do what I do best. I’m pumped and ready to bring the heat!”

One of Germany’s most exciting prospects Sophie Alisch will be fighting for the first time in 2020, as the 18-year-old known as ‘Die Zukunft’ (The Future) returns to the ring following her unanimous decision victory over world title challenger Irma Adler in November 2019.

Alisch it aiming to impress as she faces another former world title challenger in Edina Kiss (15-13, 9 KOs).

“It’s a great honour for me to be fighting on a prestigious and global event like the World Boxing Super Series,” said Alisch. “I am looking forward to continuing my development. If everything works out well I want a title fight in 2021!”

The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final will be held on 26 September in a film studio under Covid-19 rules and with no spectators at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, a leading live sports production house in Munich.

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)
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)

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