By Keith Idec
The World Boxing Super Series will put on another cruiserweight tournament.
Kalle Sauerland, Comosa AG’s chief boxing officer, announced Tuesday that the World Boxing Super Series’ third tournament of its second season will feature cruiserweights. He didn’t reveal which cruiserweights will be participate in this tournament, but confirmed some of the cruiserweights that were featured in the first WBSS cruiserweight tournament will return.
The WBSS’ first cruiserweight tournament concluded July 21 in Moscow, where Oleksandr Usyk masterfully out-boxed previously unbeaten Russian Murat Gassiev in the 12-round final to win a unanimous decision and the Muhammad Ali trophy. Ukraine’s Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs) now owns the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO cruiserweight titles.
“Season One paved the way for Oleksandr Usyk to write history and take home the first-ever Muhammad Ali Trophy,” Sauerland said in a press release. “The cruiserweight edition of the Ali Trophy gave the world spectacular matchups in the quarterfinals, ‘Fight of the Year’ contenders in the semifinals and we witnessed Usyk as a pound-for-pound best with his amazing performance in the final. We are really looking forward to continuing the success of this exciting weight class in Season Two.”
The eight-fighter field for the WBSS’ second cruiserweight tournament will be revealed later this week.
“People can expect a very strong lineup,” Sauerland said. “There will be some remarkable names from Season One, the highest-ranked challengers and, as always in the World Boxing Super Series, a huge geographic spread. We now have all three weight classes in place [for Season Two] and we cannot wait to share the Ali Trophy action with the whole world.”
The other two Season Two tournaments, which will feature bantamweights and junior welterweights, are scheduled to start next month.
The second Season One tournament will conclude September 28 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In that 168-pound championship match, WBA/IBO super middleweight champion George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) is set to battle British counterpart Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.