Photos: Usyk, Briedis Go Face To Face in Riga Presser

WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) and WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) had their first face-off in Riga before the Ali Trophy semi-final bout in the Latvian capital on January 27th.

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“Briedis is a good fighter, but the only thing he has that I want is his belt,” said Usyk. “I am looking forward to fighting in Riga, it’s going to be a great event. I am sure there will be a lot of people coming from Ukraine to support me. People can look forward to an entertaining fight between two world champions both eager to qualify for the final and win the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”

Said Mairis Briedis: “It is one of my dreams as a fighter to be part of one of the greatest fights of all time. I hope this fight will be a Hall of Fame fight. It has all the ingredients to become a classic.”

“Usyk was excellent as an amateur and he has been great as a professional, so it will be a tough challenge, but I believe that I have what it takes to beat him.”

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“It is lovely to be in Riga,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland. “This fight will be the biggest sports event ever on Latvian soil. We have to world champions, two amazing contenders, two sensational athletes. Briedis, the national hero of Latvia, the WBC Champion vs. Usyk, an Olympic Champion and World Champion. So the stage is set for a night full of drama.”

This biggest cruiserweight unification fight for several years takes place at the Arena Riga. The same place where Mairis Briedis booked his place in the semi-final by outpointing Mike Perez in front of a sold-out crowd of 10.000 fans.

His Ukrainian opponent went to Berlin in in the tournament opener and produced a spectacular display at the Max-Schmeling-Arena to stop former world champion Marco Huck in the 10th round.

Tickets for Usyk vs. Briedis, a semi-final in the cruiserweight division of the World Boxing Super Series, are on sale via

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by garfios on 12-29-2017

[QUOTE=german12johnson;18367089]Y'all idiotic don't know unbiased boxing fan think anyone of these guys would beat the best heavies get real and wake the hell up[/QUOTE]To think that not too many CW, I can't remember one, has won the HW crown and…

Comment by siablo14 on 12-29-2017

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18368379]I mean undisputed.[/QUOTE] Okay. That scratches Haye off but Oneil Bell was undisputed. I watched that fight on the Judah-Baldomir undercard when Bell knocked out Mormeck and became the second undisputed after Holyfield.

Comment by VatoMulatto on 12-29-2017

[QUOTE=Pusnuts;18367401]I want Dorticos to KO Gassiev so bad haha, nothing against Gassiev but I love those fluid long lever punchers, lot of the Cubans don't seem to be in peak condition vs likes of GGG , Gassiev etc so that…

Comment by chrisJS on 12-29-2017

[QUOTE=siablo14;18368242]Oneil Bell? David Haye? Both are Jamaicans who unified.[/QUOTE] I mean undisputed.

Comment by soul_survivor on 12-29-2017

This might be a tough fight. Mair can get physical and is strong. We all saw how Usyk hated Huck's physicality and did not look as fluid as he has done in the past. I expect Usyk to get a…

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