Dorticos Focused As He Waits For Briedis Rematch
Out of action since last June, Yuniel Dorticos is ready for his chance at glory. Losing out on winning the 2017-2018 World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament, the 34-year-old has a chance to redeem himself. Unfortunately, he will have to wait a little longer to get what he wants.
Dorticos (24-1) is still waiting to face Mairis Breidis in the finals of the latest tournament, which started in 2018. The bout was set for March in Latvia but was postponed due to the coronavirus. Because Latvia is still under a state of emergency, the new May date was postponed as well. In the end, the season was ultimately nixed off the schedule until 2021.
Although he has to wait, Dorticos is in good spirits. Pedro Roque, his coach, told Boxing Scene that the former WBA Cruiserweight Champion is ready to fight and keeps a positive mindset.
“I talk to him every day and I know he is looking forward to what might happen,” Roque stated. “He remains focused on winning the Ali trophy and reaffirming himself as the best cruiserweight in the world.”
Dorticos lost to Gassiev (26-1, 1NC) in the semi-finals of the last cruiserweight tournament. He didn’t fight again until October when he beat Mateusz Masternak in the quarter-finals of the new tournament. He then won the IBF Cruiserweight Title against Andrew Tabiti in the semi-finals.
After beating Dorticos, Gassiev lost to Oleksandr Usyk in the finals for the lineal cruiserweight title. That ended an unbeaten streak dating back to 2011. Usyk has since moved up to heavyweight.
Whenever they are ready to return to action, it will take a while to prepare, as gyms are currently shut down. Roque, however, is confident in his fighter’s ability, no matter the time away.
“I have known Dorticos since he was a little boy and I know how strong he is,” Roque went on to say. “This has been a bad moment that has affected us all equally, but it will pass. I’m going to make sure nothing takes us by surprise. When they give us the order to start, we will return to work with the same force as before.”