World Boxing Super Series action will hit the United States for the first time this week as the Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov quarter-final showdown lights up the ring this Saturday, September 23 from the Alamodome in San Antonio.
This will be the third straight week of WBSS quarter-final action after Callum Smith impressively got the super middleweight tournament underway by dropping and beating previously unbeaten Erik Skoglund Saturday in Liverpool. The tournament kicked-off in spectacular fashion one week prior to that with unbeaten star Oleksandr Usyk delivering a TKO victory Marco Huck in Germany in the first cruiserweight quarter-final.
Perhaps the most anticipated fight of the quarter-finals, Saturday's main event pits the WBA champion Dorticos against the Russian knockout artist Kudryashov. The two men have combined for 41 knockouts over their 42 pro victories and will each look to emphatically punch their ticket to the WBSS semi-finals.
The Dorticos vs. Kudryashov winner will face the winner of the quarter-final matchup between IBF champion Murat Gassiev and former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk that was recently announced for Oct. 21 in New Jersey. With a shot at title unification on the line, the stakes are sky high as the competitors vie to be the fighter left holding the Muhammad Ali Trophy next year.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports in association with World Boxing Super Series, are priced at $250, $125, $100, $50, and $30, and are on sale now. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.
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The September 23 event will also feature a reserve match between once-beaten cruiserweights Keith Tapia and Lateef Kayode, while former world champion Nonito Donaire returns to take on Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez.
Tomi Honka (1-0) will face his second professional test on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final fight between WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis and Mike Perez on September 30 at the Riga Arena in Latvia.
The Finnish cruiserweight returns to action following a unanimous points decision over Mateusz Gatek on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and will take on hometown fighter Reinis Porozovs (8-12-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round contest at the Riga Arena.
The Latvian boxer is current enjoying on a three fight win streak which has included upset away victories versus Britain’s Lee Nutland and the previously undefeated Swedish prospect Marcus Alberts.
Honka says he is looking forward to fighting on the sell-out World Boxing Super Series card in Riga, and is confident of claiming his second paid victory.
‘’I’m really excited to get the opportunity to perform on a show of this scale,’’ he said. ‘’The World Boxing Super Series is currently the talk of the town in boxing circles and therefore all of the undercard fights are sure to get a lot of exposure.
‘’My opponent comes from Latvia so will be fighting in front of his home crowd. He’s won his last three fights and has a lot of experience from longer fights. Although he’s not the most skillful fighter, due to these reasons, I’m expecting a tough fight, but I have prepared very well and I trust that as the more skilled fighter I shall be victorious.’’
Tickets for the World Boxing Super Series event on September 30 at the Riga Arena in Latvia are available via http://bit.ly/2wopGzp
In support of the thousands of young immigrants that could be affected by the termination the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, boxing promotional company, Top Rank®, led by Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum, will donate 500 tickets to “Dreamers” in Arizona to attend the September 22 world championship event headlined by unbeaten Mexican world champions ÓSCAR VALDEZ and GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ. Valdez and Ramirez are considered by many experts as the future of the boxing rich country of Mexico, and they will defend their respective featherweight and super middleweight world titles in action-packed bouts.
“Top Rank wants to make it clear that we stand in solidarity with the Dreamers. We are ashamed of the way they are being treated by the Administration in Washington. Americans are way better than this," said Arum.
"To me it is a great honor to be able to be a voice that can bring light to this issue and defend those that are in need and don’t have someone that will stand up for them. I have family members that are in danger of being deported over the decisions taken by our government against DACA. I will not stand around and watch silently. I completely support this initiative taken by Top Rank and I want everyone to know that we will stand together and we will fight for what is right,” said Valdez.
To claim their tickets to the Valdez vs. Servania / Ramirez vs. Hart card, the “Dreamers” should bring their Employment Authorization Card to the Tucson Convention Center Box Office starting Tuesday September 19 during regular box office hours and for as long as supplies last.