Yunier Dorticos joins World Boxing Super Series
Unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos has signed up for the World Boxing Super Series.
The 31-year-old Cuban joins IBF titleholder Murat Gassiev, WBC titleholder Mairis Briedis and former belt holder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in the cruiserweight competition which, along with the super middleweight series, will commence in September.
Dorticos (21-0, 20 knockouts) is thrilled that the elimination tournament will provide him with the chance to compete against world titleholders.
“I love the idea of the elimination tournament,” he said. “It will be a hell of a ride but I will come out on top. After the World Boxing Super Series, the whole world will know my name.
“On top of that, I will take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy and a lot of money. Really it does not get any better than this, not for the fans and certainly not for us fighters.”
In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight supermiddleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.
The exact pairings will be determined during a Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the top-seeded boxers (which will be determined by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced. Further participants as well as details about the Draft Gala will be revealed shortly.
Information courtesy of a press release issued by World Boxing Super Series
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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