Richard Schaefer is Thrilled With WBSS Cruiserweight Semi-Finals

By Steve Kim

With IBF cruiserweight champion, Murat Gassiev, folding Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in three rounds this past weekend at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series are now set.

Gassiev will face WBA titlist Yunier Dorticos in a unification showdown of the two most feared hitters at the weight. On the other side of the bracket, WBO champion and Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk takes on Latvian superstar Mairis Breidis, who has the WBC belt.

You couldn't have asked for a better set of match-up as all four major belt-holders in this division are squaring up for the right to box for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

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After the smoke clears, one of the remaining four fighters will walk away with his undefeated record intact and four world titles around his waist. And, the overall winner will likely become a likely player to move up in weight to pursue bigger opportunities in a blossoming heavyweight division.

"It's undefeated against undefeated, knockout artist against knockout artist, champion against champion. It doesn't really matter what weight class you can go, from the lowest weight class to the heavyweights, in-between, up and down, left and right and you will not find from any division, a better match-ups you can make," said Richard Schaefer, the Chairman of the America's for the WBSS, to

The semi-finals of the cruiserweight and super middleweight tournaments will take place in January and February.

"It's unbelievable, it's the perfect weight division, the perfect set up, I couldn't be happier," Schaefer said of his cruiserweight bouts.

The combined records of Gassiev, Dorticos, Usyk and Briedis is 82-0 with 67 knockouts between the quartet.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by londoner on 10-26-2017

Already been a fun tournament, with excitement and quality yet to unfold. Dorticos and Gassiev can both bang and their battle could end early either way but although the Cuban looks a touch smarter to me and might even edge…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-26-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18162642]I thought Lebedev had one of the belts? Huh?[/QUOTE] Lebedev lost the IBF belt to Gassiev, but he "preserved" the WBA belt... :)

Comment by Randall Cunning on 10-26-2017

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;18162999]Now would be a good time to announce the next tournaments. The question is which divisions?[/QUOTE] 175 maybe, minus the WBC Kovalev Gvozdyk Beterbiev Barrera Bivol Throw in a couple of Sauerlands and a Brit, as they do

Comment by Bronx2245 on 10-26-2017

ESPN or FOX should jump all over these tourney semi-finals and finals!

Comment by khal-d on 10-26-2017

Why is this "news"? Of course Richard is thrilled about anything he's involved in. Not to say the CWT tournament semis are not good match-ups, but if he had the world's worst tournament he'd still try to sell/promote it (dunno…

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