15.06.2019 in the Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia ring, the semifinal fights of the 2nd World Boxing Super Series seasons took place in the cruiserweight weight category (-90.7 kg.)
Both matches took place according to the formula of 12 rounds of 3 minutes each and in both fights the titles of World Champion in IBF and WBO versions were drawn.
In the first semi-final in the ring met:
Yuniel Dorticos (Cuba / USA) -23-1-0 VS Andrew Tabiti (USA) -17-0-0.
At stake in this fight was the title of the vacant International Boxing Federation World Cruiserweight Title.
Both athletes showed the same weight at the preliminary weighing, at 90.4 kg.
Throughout the fight, the picture of the bout was about the same – Yuniel Dorticos pressed and constantly went forward, throwing mostly power strikes, while Andrew Tabiti worked more from defense, sometimes exploding with good batches and in general the fight looked tense enough until 2′:33” tenth the round of the Cuban boxer did not throw the exact right punch to the meeting, which knocked out his American opponent.
The KO (Knock Out) victory in the 10th round at 2’:33” was won by Yuniel Dorticos, who became the first WBSS finalist.
RESULT: The hand winner’s was raised by Yuniel Dorticos!
In the second semifinal rose to the ring:
Mairis Briedis (Latvia) – 89.9 kg. -25-1-0 VS Krzysztof Glowacki (Poland) -89.6 kg. -31-1-0.
The World Boxing Organization World Cruiserweight Title was at stake on this fight, but after the fight it was taken off the table and the belt of the champion in the ring was not given due to the scandalous final of this fight!
The official result is a TKO (Technical Knock Out) victory of Mairis Briedis, at 0 ’:27” of the third round.
RESULT: The hand winner’s was raised by Mairis Briedis!
But – Mairis Briedis won the initial rounds in the overall picture of the bout and at the beginning of the third round, he avoided a blow rather low and missed a dirty, but not strong punch to the back of the head, and then struck his elbow on the head with a U-turn, and Krzysztof Glowacki was on the floor and if he had not risen, according to the rules, the Latvian boxer would be disqualified, but he found the strength to stand up and continue, and then you need to pay attention to the very unprofessional work of the referee, who did not open a knockdown account did not give put on vos Set up 5 minutes, and immediately began to demand the continuation of the fight, and this is clearly visible on the video, and after Krzysztof Glowacki rose and continued, the experienced Mairis Briedis immediately began to finish his opponent, as he should have done and then the gong sounded, which the referee I couldn’t hear what I’ve heard, although everyone around and even a second Mairis Briedis jumped into the ring shouting to the referee that the gong was already heard 10 seconds ago, for which Mairis Briedis clearly managed to finish off his opponent in a state of grog – knockdown, the opponent and the referee calmly stopped the fight after Mairis Briedis completed his work and raised him a winner’s hand!
A team of Polish fighters filed a protest with the World Federations of the WBO and WBC (the belt of this federation was also declared for this match, but 2 days before the fight was also removed from the match, as they say for financial reasons)
What will be the final decision of all organizations involved in the World Boxing Super Series in the end, and who will be the opponent of Yuniel Dorticos in the final of the World Boxing Super Series 2 – Mairis Briedis or substitute fighter Noel Gevor (Armenian residing in Germany) – 24-2-0, who in the framework of the same match, defeated Frenchman Isossa Mondo – 7-19-0, for the status of a reserve fighter, apparently for the WBSS final, which, it should be noted, in a very competitive bout, Mairis Briedis lost a quarter of the final, but for now we will have just wait and wait for the decision that will prevail – rules or personal contacts and plans for all able organizer.
The results of preliminary, tense and competitive fights, you can see HERE: