Surprising events are going to happen in the world of boxing and for the first time for many years will be held the World boxing Super Series. According to their results will be defined the best fighters in the cruiserweight and super middleweight. Historically, the main attention is attracted to heavyweight boxers, in our case to the representatives of the cruiserweight (up to 90.7 kg), and in this article we would like to discuss the power balance in this weight category.
PARTICIPANTS OF THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES (CRUISERWEIGHT)
After several months of work, beginning with organizers and work on the legal moments of show participants, eight boxers who will share three belts of the world champion (WBC, WBA Regular, IBF, WBA) and a unique trophy of Muhammad Ali have been defined. Don’t forget about impressive prize fund which comprises $50 million.
Whom will we see in battles for a title of the best boxer of the cruiserweight?
Mairis Briedis – 32 years old, Latvia, 22 fights – 22 wins (18 KO). WBC cruiserweight champion, undefeated champion from Latvia. The most important wins of Briedis are the battles with Durodola, Charr, Venter, Vallili, Huck.
Dmitry Kudryashov – 31 years old, Russia, 22 fights – 21 wins (21 KO). 100% KO artist from Russia who has lost only one fight – to the former World Champion Durodola. He got back on this fight in 2017. Kudryashov is famous for his strength and devastating wins over such rivals as Gómez, Ilie, Durodola, Palacios, Meroro.
Marco Huck – 32 years old, Germany, 45 fights – 40 wins (27 KO). Famous king of the cruiserweight who had titles of the WBO World Champion (2009-2015) and IBO (2016-2017). In recent years the boxer from Germany has lost several times (Głowacki, Briedis) but he is still top class boxer in his weight. He has won over several famous boxers: Afolabi, Kucher, Arslan, Lebedev, Cunningham.
Murat Gassiev – 23 years old, Russia, 25 fights – 24 wins (17 KO) – 1 no contests. The youngest participant of the Boxing Super Series in cruiserweight, IBF World Champion who had won over Denis Lebedev, long-playing World Champion. Before he won over Lebedev, Gassiev didn’t meet with star rivals but had a reputation of physically strong KO artist.
Mike Perez – 31 years old, Cuba, 25 fights – 22 wins (14KO) – 2-losses – 1 no contests. He is very experienced Cuban boxer who has spent a lot of time in heavyweight. He fought with Alexander Povetkin and Carlos Takam. In the beginning of 2017 he has lost his weight and moved to cruiserweight and won over Viktor Biscak. He gained the right to participate in the Super Series due to the refusal of Denis Lebedev.
Yunier Dorticós – 31 years old, Cuba, 21 fights – 21 wins (20KO). He is an amazing Cuban boxer who has vacant WBC cruiserweight title and long career as an amateur. Tall boxer who has impressive number of inside-the-distance victories. The most famous rivals are Edison Miranda and Youri Kalenga.
Oleksandr Usyk – 30 years, Ukraine, 12 fights - 12 wins (10KO). WBO World Champion. First number in cruiserweight ranks, 2012 Olympic Games champion. The boxer has perfect speed in hands and unusual for a heavyweight boxers speed and a huge experience in amateur boxing. At professional ring he won over Knyazev, Głowacki, Venter, Hunter and Mchunu.
Krzysztof Włodarczyk – 35 years old, Poland, 57 fights – 53 wins (37 KO) – 3 losses – 1 draw. Very experienced former IBF cruiserweight world champion (2006-2007) and WBC (2010-2014). His nickname is Diablo. The most important rivals are Francisco Palacios, Valery Brudov, Danny Green and Noel Gevor.
Don’t forget about one sub-boxer who is another Polish representative, former WBO World Champion Krzysztof Głowacki.
QUARTERFINAL PAIRS AND BETS ON THE FAVORITE
Recently, the draw procedure of quarterfinal pairs in the cruiserweight has taken place:
1. Oleksandr Usyk - Marco Huck;
2. Mairis Briedis - Mike Perez;
3. Murat Gassiev - Krzysztof Włodarczyk;
4. Yunier Dorticós - Dmitry Kudryashov.
Now all leading bookmakers propose fans to choose the most probable winner of the World boxing Super Series. The main favorite is the Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk who has rich experience as an amateur and who has managed to break the record of legendary Evander Holyfield, having won the World Champion title at his 10th fight at the professional level (the previous record of the American – the 12th fight). Quotations on Usyk's are within the range of 1.85 – 2.50, but they are going to grow on drawing near the fights. That is why, don’t hurry with the bets on the favorite.
According to experts, Murat Gassiev and Mairis Briedis – current World Champions, as well as Usyk – haven’t yet lost a fight on a professional ring and have approximately similar chances for success. Quotations on these guys are 5.50-7.00. Bookmakers give small chances for Yunier Dorticós – 9.00-10.00.
For those who prefer risky betting on shadow favorites (who, as the history shows, often win) we would advise to pay attention to Dmitry Kudryashov who is known for his power. The coefficient on his victory is 13.00 and this is a fine chance to earn some money on betting.
We all wait for a really unique event in the world of modern boxing which not only will define the World Champion in the cruiserweight (except the Champion’s title of Lebedev), but will present the real holiday to fans of betting!