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Usyk Hopes There is WBSS Tournament For Heavyweights

A week out from the Season 2 Cruiserweight Semi-Finals, Season 1 champ Aleksandr Usyk can’t pick a clear favourite in Riga and hopes for a WBSS tournament in his new division.

Usyk came, fought and took it all in Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series. He became the first winner of the Ali Trophy after outpointing Murat Gassiev in the Final on July 21, the first undisputed world cruiserweight champion, the consensus 2018 Fighter of the year. All achieved through competing in best vs best format of the WBSS.

Usyk followed with a November defense of all four belts by knocking out former titlist Tony Bellew in the eighth round and then decided to move up to heavyweight and go after the titles.

“If the WBSS would decide to make an Ali Trophy tournament in the heavyweight division it would be really cool,” said Usyk. “It would be very interesting, but if I don’t know if it’s possible.”

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The Ukrainian pound-for-pound star looks back on his part of the World Boxing Super Series with pride.

“Almost one year has already passed since the final of the first Ali Trophy …,” said Usyk.

“I remember when I heard that the WBSS would take place and cruiserweight was one of the divisions, the trophy was named after ‘The Greatest’ and four belts were at stake if all the champions participated. My first thought was: It’s a sign!

“My thinking was; I have to participate and God will help me win. I was very happy that I did it! I don’t think the tournament will ever be eclipsed.”

Two of Usyk’s now former belts, the WBC and WBO, are at stake in Riga on Saturday, June 15 when Mairis Briedis faces Krzysztof Glowacki in the semi-final - two fighters whose sole defeat on their record lists comes from Usyk. Yunier Dorticos and Andrew Tabiti are the other two battling in Latvia’s capital for a place in the final and division domination.

“To be honest, I have no idea who will win the cruiserweight tournament this year. It’s the ‘Big Four’ competing for the final, so let’s wait … I prefer not to make a prediction,” said Usyk.

“I follow and watch the WBSS and support all guys there because I know how tough it is to be involved. But I have no clear favourites in the three divisions. One thing is sure, the winners have raised their levels and can look forward to good fights and purses in the future.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Stev3 on 06-09-2019

WBSS means no ducking

Comment by CaptainWalrus on 06-08-2019

He will outbox a few @ HW.

Comment by angkag on 06-08-2019

[QUOTE=asgarth;19815384]The top guys joining the WBSS wont happen. WBSS has or had deep pockets, but it was only enough to entice guys from less popular weight to participate. They won't have the money to pay Joshua, Wilder and Fury caliber…

Comment by jreckoning on 06-08-2019

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19815376]Joyce would destroy Usyk![/QUOTE] He didn't last time that's for sure. :boxing:

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-08-2019

[QUOTE=jreckoning;19815391]Yeah everything at heavyweight has dollar signs attached. It worked for cruiser because that's not where the real money is. Sometimes I wish it was a sport rather than a prizefight.[/QUOTE] The thing is the fighters could still make money…

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