Briedis-Dorticos WBSS Final Set for March 21

After months of controversy as the result of one semi-final contest, the finals of the cruiserweight portion of the World Boxing Super Series will finally take place on March 21.

This tournament final will see Yunier Dorticos defending the IBF cruiserweight championship against Mairis Briedis at Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia, the hometown of Briedis.

After scoring a unanimous decision over Ruslan Fayfer in his opening-round bout, Dorticos scored a highlight-reel, 10th round knockout of Andrew Tabiti in June to win the IBF title — a championship that officially became on the line in the bout mere moments before the fighters walked to the ring.

About an hour later, Briedis, who defeated Noel Gevor in his opening-round bout, pulled off a highly controversial third-round finish of Krzysztof Głowacki in the semifinals. After a foul-filled second round, Briedis dropped Glowacki at the end of the frame. But referee Robert Byrd allowed the fight to go on past the bell, despite the screams from the crowd and commentators, resulting in Glowacki getting knocked down a second time. Briedis then put Glowacki away in the third to become WBO champion.

The WBC title was also scheduled to be on the line in Briedis vs. Glowacki, but the WBC pulled its sanctioning of the fight due to, coincidentally enough, concerns over the officials selected for the bout.

After Glowacki and his team began a long appeals process, the WBO initially ruled that Glowacki was intentionally fouled, and the referee made multiple errors in the fight, but the sanctioning body claimed it was powerless to overturn the result but did state a rematch could occur 120 days after the tournament’s completion. After the Latvian commission stated it was the WBO who handled all the sanctioning of combatants, however, a three-person arbitration team took Glowacki’s appeal into consideration, with Glowacki given his desired immediate rematch on a 2-1 vote.

The WBO ruled that the pair must rematch within 120 days after their initial bout. The organization ruled that if Briedis did not comply, he would be stripped of the title. Briedis, contractually bounded by the tournament, elected to move on with the WBSS and was stripped.

WBO Strips Briedis

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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