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Fast Results From Latvia: Mairis Briedis and the KO Doctor advance in the WBSS

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  • Fast Results From Latvia: Mairis Briedis and the KO Doctor advance in the WBSS

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    The semifinal round of the Wold Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament played out today in Riga, Latvia, the hometown of Mairis Briedis who was matched against Poland's Krzysztof Glowacki. Both fighters had only one blemish on their ledger and in both cases their lone defeat came at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk.

    The fans left happily after Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) knocked out Glowacki (34-2) in the third frame. But it was messy fight that invites a lot of second-guessing and likely a challenge from the Glowacki camp.

    After a feeling-out first round, Briedis cranked up the juice. An errant elbow landed behind Glowacki's head, putting him on the canvas. For this discretion, Briedis was docked a point. A legitimate knockdown followed -- Glowacki was hurt -- and then another knockdown after the bell had sounded. The referee could not hear the bell in the din. It was a wild scene.

    The fight was allowed to continue, but didn't last much longer. Coming out for round three, Glowacki wasn't right and Briedis pounced on him, scoring another knockdown, leading referee Robert Byrd to waive the fight off at the 27 second mark. It wasn't Byrd's finest hour.

    The tournament organizers anticipated the complication of a draw and assigned extra judges to eliminate this possibility. They did not anticipate the complication of a "no-contest." If the outcome isn't overturned, Briedis, a former WBC cruiserweight champ, is the new WBO title-holder.


    In the co-feature, Miami-based Cuban defector Yunier Dorticos, nicknamed the KO Doctor, lived up to his nickname with a smashing one punch knockout of previously undefeated Andrew Tabiti. The end for Tabiti came with no warning in round 10. An overhand right left him flat on his back, unconscious. Referee Eddie Claudio didn't bother to count. The official time was 2:33.

    It was easy to build case for Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs). He was three inches taller than Tabiti, packed a harder punch, and had fought stronger opposition. But it was understood that Tabiti, now 17-1, had a more well-rounded game. Moreover, there were concerns about Dorticos’ defense and stamina.

    Dorticos was ahead on the scorecards after nine frames. He rarely took a backward step and let his hands go more freely. And it didn’t help Tabiti’s cause that he was docked a point for holding in the sixth frame. Earlier in that round, an accidental clash of heads left Dorticos with a cut over his right eye. The ringside physician was called into the ring to examine it and let the bout continue.

    With the victory, Dorticos became the IBF world cruiserweight champion and moved one step closer to acquiring the coveted Muhammad Ali trophy in what will be, win or lose, the most lucrative fight of his career.

  • #2
    That flagrant elbow should've been an immediate DQ.

    And the police should've then visited the filthy loser.


    • #3
      I am not sure what Tabiti's strategy was against Dorticos. Tabiti seemed hesitant for most of the night but had these spurts in which he just showed his skill. But it is all too infrequent. He has talent clearly but clearly was not all that confident in his abilities in the ring against Dorticos. Maybe this will be a good learning experience and he can start to put things together. We have seen in many times before in this sport.

      As for Glowacki-Briedis, I think the fair result would be a no contest. And I am kind of curious to how others think about this and how the second round should have been addressed. Lets take out for a second what happened with the bell sounding and the referee not hearing it. There were two blatant intentional fouls before all that. First, Glowacki nailed Briedis in the back of the head with a left hand. He wound up and drilled Briedis with the punch which prompted Briedis' reaction to then throw the elbow that knocked Glowacki down. I am not saying that Briedis was right to retaliate but they each were guilty of their own serious fouls. At this point, given the nature of both fouls and seeing that Glowacki was hurt from the retaliatory blow from Briedis maybe the fight should have just been ruled a no contest. Clearly Glowacki never recovered from the elbow and not withstanding the bell mishap was going to be knocked out one way or the other afterwards.


      • Kid Blast
        Kid Blast commented
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        Byrd!!!!!!!!!!!! It runs in the family

    • #4
      For me, the elbow was the most flagrant and most egregious.

      BY FAR!!


      • #5
        This will go down as the strangest fight of the year.