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Photos: Usyk, Briedis - Open Workouts Draw a Big Crowd

WBO-Champion Aleksandr Usyk and WBC-Champion Mairis Briedis entertained the masses at an open training before their Ali Trophy semi-final clash on Saturday at the Arena Riga, Latvia.

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"People can look forward to a great fight between two world champions," said Aleksandr Usyk.

Usyk plowed through an ocean of Latvian and Ukrainian fans, who wanted autographs and selfies when his training was over.

"It is great to see so many people for an open training. I am looking forward to the atmosphere at the Arena Riga, and I know that many have traveled from Ukraine to support me. I'm not going to disappoint them!"

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An estimated 2,000 fans showed up during the training at Domina Shopping in the Latvian capital to see the combatants in training before they clash on Saturday in a semi-final in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series.

And the hometown hero Briedis got a roaring reception when he entered the ring.

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"I'm happy to see so many people here at an open workout. This proves the magnitude of Saturday's fight,” said Briedis.

"We did a really good work in the training camp and we have prepared for 12 rounds. We are ready for whatever Usyk brings. I can't wait for the fight to begin!"

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

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andrij on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Andre_parker1;18430110]I got usyk by decision..won't be easy though[/QUOTE] Usyk by mid round stoppage. Briedis struggles against southpaws and he started to excessively hold since Perez got to successful in the first round. Usyk is not only the best southpaw but…

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-23-2018

I got usyk by decision..won't be easy though

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 01-23-2018

🎥 Interesting footage of Usyk watching back his QF with Huck 👀What did you think of the stoppage? 🤔🏆 #AliTrophy pic.twitter.com/JFjOYBGvfR— WBSuperSeries (@WBSuperSeries) January 23, 2018

Comment by Andrij on 01-23-2018

3000 Ukrainians will be in the arena. Usyk won't be alone.

Comment by DuckAdonis on 01-23-2018

People tend to forget how many eastern european boxing fans there are, it isnt just America guys.

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