When the World Boxing Super Series was announced in March, fighters everywhere were excited at the end goal: $50 million cash prizes. The tournament features Cruiserweights and Middleweights and the first draft happened over the weekend on July 8th in Monaco.
THE OFFICIAL WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES 1st ROUND DRAFT – **SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT & CRUISERWEIGHT**
The top seed, WBA Super Middleweight champion George Groves had four opponents to choose from and picked British rival Jamie Cox. Second-seeded Callum Smith selected Swedish fighter Erik Skoglund, with the WBC Diamond Championship on the line due to Smiths status as the WBCs top-ranked challenger.
The third seed was given to the winner of this weeks showdown between Chris Eubank Jr. and Arthur Abraham. With both fighters in training, this pairing was represented by Chris Eubank, Sr., who chose “The Dentist” Avni Yildirim. This set the stage for the fourth quarterfinal between fourth seed Juergen Braehmer and undefeated US challenger Rob Brant.
The cruiserweight lineup featured all four reigning champions, two former champions, a KO king and a rising challenger. Second-seed Murat Gassiev, the IBF Champion, did not get to pick an opponent because he has to face mandatory challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. This left Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk, the first seed, with Marco Huck, Dmitry Kudryashov and Mikey Perez as potential opponents. Usyk selected Huck, with third-seed Briedis then picking Perez. This also set up the clash between fourth-seeded Yunier Dorticos and “The Russian Hammer” Kudryashov.
WE ARE RELENTLESS, JR WILL WIN!! – CHRIS EUBANK GRAND ARRIVAL @ WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES
When you look at the tournament by the numbers, it is very attractive. The number of confirmed participants is sixteen, between them holding seven belts, five world champions, three former world champions and nine undefeated fighters.
Their combined record is an astounding 398 wins, 16 losses and 275 KOs (not counting Eubank/Abraham). The quarterfinals will be held in September and October, the semifinals in January and February and the finals in May in venues around the globe. The tournament will be held annually.
The venture is put together by former Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer who is a former Swiss banker. Schaefer is the Head of the Americas division of newly-founded Comosa AG, a Swiss-registered company with principal owners from the world of marketing (Highlight Event & Entertainment), broadcasting (Modern Times Group) and boxing (Team Sauerland).