World Boxing Super Series Semifinals

Jan 22, 2018
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Super Channel, the No. 1 destination network for Canadian boxing fans, will air the upcoming semifinals of the popular World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament, featuring world-class cruiserweight and super middleweight divisions action, live from various venues in Europe.

Super Channel acquired exclusive rights in Canada to air the entire WBSS tournament from MP & Silva, a leading international media company that provides media rights, digital, technology and sponsorship services.

"We are thrilled that the WBSS is returning to Super Channel for exclusive Canadian coverage of the highly anticipated semifinals," said Troy Wassill, Director of Programming, Domestic Distributors and Sports. "I have no doubt that every single bout is going to deliver exciting, must-see action for boxing fans, as these world-class fighters compete to see who is going to go head-to-head for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy."

WBSSis a revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament featuring the world's best boxers and a total of $50 million in prize money. The knockout format of the competition will see the best boxers ultimately compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, the greatest prize in boxing. The tournament is organized by newly-founded Comosa AG, a Swiss-registered company with principal owners Highlight Event & Entertainment, Modern Times Group and Team Sauerland. Comosa AG is working in partnership with boxers, promoters and managers around the world, and in alignment with the four major world boxing federations, to create a new global platform for the sport.

The first of its kind tournament, which is planned to take place on an annual basis, kicked off this past September with quarterfinals competition in two divisions, cruiserweight and super middleweight. An expert panel invited the world's best boxers to compete, namely the top 15-ranked fighters of the four major federations: WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO. The winners of the two semifinals will advance to the championship round in both divisions this May.

Below find the WBSS semifinals schedule and a preview of the four matches and eight fighters who survived the quarterfinals:

January 27, Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia - WBO/WBC Unification

Oleksandr "The Cat" Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs), WBO World Champion, Ukraine - Ring #1 vs. Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion, Latvia - Ring #3

February 3, Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi, Russia - IBF/WBA Unificatiion

Murat "Iron" Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs), IBF World Champion, Russia - Ring #2 vs. Yunier "The KO Doctor" Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion, Cuba - Ring #5

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS

February 17, Manchester, Arena, Manchester, UK - WBA/IBO Unification

"Saint" George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion, United Kingdom - Ring #2 vs. Chris "Next Gen" Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs), IBO World Champion, United Kingdom - Ring #4

February 24, Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremburg, Germany

Juergen Braehmer (49-3 35 KOs), Germany - Ring #10 (Former WBO & WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion) vs. Callum "Mundo" Smith (23-0, 17 KOs), United Kingdom - Ring #3 (WBC Diamond Super Middleweight Champion)

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