For years, Guy Taylor has been tasked with creating tough, competitive matches for promoters eager to test their rising prospects and contenders.
That same mindset has now been applied to his own latest creation.
The renowned matchmaker has put together the World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS), a unique tournament format which will feature traditional single elimination bouts as well as a team-aligned “Nation vs. Nation” series. The first show—to come in April—will take place in Mexico.
Streaming platforms are currently being sought for WCBS, with designs of launching in the spring. An introductory regional title fight will precede the series, providing participants a glimpse of what can be gained from running the tables. The team aspect of the Nation vs. Nation series figures to draw compelling rivalries.
“When you hear “World Cup,” you automatically think of the greatest soccer tournament on the planet,” Taylor—who for years has served as executive matchmaker for Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions (RJJBBP)—explained to BoxingScene.com. “This is exactly what I want to bring to the sport of boxing, a tournament where fighters can represent his or her nation at the highest level and carry that national pride with them to the ring.”
The four-man tournament will feature fighters from different nations competing for the right to receive a Top 15 ranking and potential regional title fight with the sanctioning body on board with the event. Such advancement will position the winner into title contention within the span of a few fights rather than waiting years for their number to be called, if ever at all.
“Very seldom in business does an individual get the opportunity to surround themselves with winners at every level,” notes Terry Hollan, who heads Dallas-based Life Investors Management Company and is on board as Taylor’s business partner. “Our team will soon become the best in boxing.”
One major series stipulation is that every fight will always have a winner.
“There will never be a draw (verdict) in this series,” vows Taylor. “I absolutely despise when I hear a fight is declared a draw.
“Instead, there will be an overtime round. Both fighters will remain gloved up and ready to fight until the commission determines whether there is a winner on the scorecards if another round is needed to determine one.”
A similar process was used in the Boxcino tournaments, which ran on the now defunct ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series. The events proved successful, with the winners going on to compete for world titles.
The same theory is applied here.
“This new series will feature young, undefeated fighters in entertaining, compelling, and competitive matchups,” promises Taylor. “I’ve been known and sometimes criticized for being overly aggressive in my matchmaking and maybe so, but I’m giving the fight fans what they want to see and I’m placing fighters in position to compete and be successful at the next level.”
The “Nation vs. Nation” events will feature teams of any combination of three male or female fighters in different weight classes participating in a best-of-three series in the semifinals and finals. A team captain will be appointed, with a coin flip to determine which team gets to select the first bout.
In the event that one team sweeps the first two bouts in the semifinal round, they will automatically advance to the finals without the third bout being fought. Instead, said fighter who did not compete in the semi-finals will automatically go first in the final round.
From both series, the expectation is to produce the future stars of the sport.
“At one point every champion you see now was once a challenger,” notes Taylor. “An opportunity to fight for a world title is everyone’s goal in this sport.
“With a little bit of luck, that opportunity could come to the winner of the World Cup Boxing Series”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox