WBO Rules on Glowacki’s WBSS Appeal

A confusing and frustrating situation involving the cruiserweight portion of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) has been given a complex solution by the WBO.

It was announced earlier this week that Krzysztof Glowacki would be making another appeal of his highly controversial June 15 loss to Mairis Briedis in the tournament’s semifinals. Because of the controversy and appeal process, little to no details were announced about plans for the scheduled WBSS finals between Briedis and IBF cruiserweight champion Yuniel Dorticos.

Ultimately, thanks to a 2-1 vote, the WBO has ruled the following:

  • Glowacki and Briedis must rematch at some point within the next 120 days.
  • The boxing sanctioning body recommends that the WBSS view this once again as a tournament semifinal, with Dorticos facing the winner.
  • If Briedis instead proceeds to the final against Dorticos as originally intended, the WBO will remove its sanctioning from the tournament and strip Briedis of the WBO cruiserweight championship.
  • Should Briedis be stripped, Glowacki and the next highest-ranked cruiserweight contender according to the WBO will be ordered to fight for the vacant title.

Needless to say, a December 14 target date for the WBSS final is no longer in place and the final, as of this moment, has been put on hold.

Boxing Scene already reported earlier this week that the controversial semifinal fight was once again under review after Glowacki and his team had filed an appeal. The boxer and his team were looking for either the decision of the fight to be reversed to a disqualification win, or for a rematch with Briedis to take place.

Already deducted one point for an elbow during the second round of their fight, Breidis knocked Glowacki down before the bell. The problem was the referee never heard the bell, and despite the cries from the crowd and commentators, action resumed with Glowacki getting knocked down again before the Polish fighter was finished in the third round.


On July 7, the WBO ruled it “lacks subject matter jurisdiction to disqualify WBO Participant Briedis for any and all actions incur by such fighter during the course of the bout against WBO Participant Glowacki. Such ruling and/or determination lies under the authority and jurisdiction of the Latvia Boxing Federation.” Furthermore, the boxing organization claimed it “lacks subject matter jurisdiction and authority to reverse and/or overturn an official bout result of Technical Knockout (TKO) to a ‘No Contest,’ once again deferring such a ruling to the Latvian commission.”

With this, the WBO originally ruled the winner of the scheduled Briedis vs. Doritcos final must meet Glowacki within 120 days from the fight.

Days later, however, The Latvian Professional Boxing Federation “confirmed to the WBO that it had not licensed any of Glowacki, Briedis or Byrd and had no ability to review any of their actions. All three of Glowacki, Briedis or Byrd were appointed, sanctioned and approved by the WBO to compete for its world championship, and the WBO was the only organization to sanction it as a world championship bout.”

The vacant WBC cruiserweight title was originally scheduled to also be on the line in Glowacki and Briedis’ controversial semifinal; however, the WBC pulled its sanctioning on the day of the fight, coincidentally enough, due to concerns over the officiating for the fight.

Dorticos had his fair share of a tournament swerve, as his semifinal fight was made for the then recently vacated IBF title just moments before the fight’s ring walks.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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