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Photos: Usyk Has Toughest Test Yet, Beats Briedis To Unify Belts

WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk beat WBC title holder Mairis Briedis by a majority points decision to unify the belts.

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The two met in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament and Usyk won 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 in Latvia.

He will now meet the winner of IBF champion Murat Gassiev against WBA belt holder Yunier Dorticos in the final.

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2012 Olympic Champion, 30-year-old Usyk expressed before the tournament his desire to unify the belts in the cruiserweight division and to take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy. And he kicked off in style:

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The Ukrainian went to Berlin in Germany on September 9 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.

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“I do not care where I fight,” said Usyk, the tournament’s number one seed. “In Riga, there were 10,000 fans and that's great. The fans received a beautiful and interesting battle between two world champions.”

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32-year-old Briedis excited an ecstatic hometown crowd at a sold-out Arena Riga on September 30 to score a unanimous decision in his quarter-final over the tough Cuban challenger Mike Perez.

The event will conclude in May and features a $50m prize fund.

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That pool will be split across two tournaments, one for super-middleweights and one for cruiserweights, with each featuring eight fighters competing from a quarter-final stage.

Whoever wins the cruiserweight section will hold all four belts.

Usyk's hard-fought win over Briedis extended the 31-year-old's career record to 14 fights without defeat.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sammybee on 01-29-2018

I see Usyk vs Dorticos final....

Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 01-29-2018

USUCK! to watch fight mofo and Breides won. I want my time back.

Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 01-28-2018

Mfer travels to other countries and takes belts away, thats a SAVAGE.

Comment by TheCell8 on 01-28-2018

He's a bad man. He won both of his belts in his opponents backyard and fought all of his WSB fights in his opponents backyard. What he should focus on is developing a social media presence like Loma who has…

Comment by PURIST on 01-28-2018

Hands down, Briedis is a #2 guy in the division

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