By Rob Mitchell @Bobby1261299593
The time to crown the second ever cruiserweight WBSS champion is upon us my friends and this is a fight I’m excited about.
Both these guys have been handed defeats by the current Cruiserweight King, Oleksandr Usyk. But don’t let that take any hype away from these to warriors upcoming clash! because with Usyk officially jumping up to heavyweight later this year, it makes plenty of room for a new CW top dog.
Usyk out smarted, out boxed and out pointed Glowacki in September 2016 with a majority points decision, while Briedis turned out to be a much tougher challenge for the Ukrainian in early 2018.
But I’ve never been one to judge a man just by his loses, so let’s take a closer look at each guys success.
Krzysztof Glowacki 31 – 1 – 0
After a mixture of knockouts and decision wins over 10 Journyman, this slick South paw stepped up by retiring the rated Levan Jomardashvili in the 3rd round in April 2011 and swiftley moved on to pick up the vacant Poland International cruiserweight title in August of the same year with an impressive knockout win over Roman Kracik.
He continued to score impressive victories for years to come which included wins over the likes of Matty Askin & Nuri Seferi. Nearly 4 years after picking up his first strap from Kracik in 2011, Glowacki had improved enough to score a sensational knock out win over Marco Huck to pick up the WBO World cruiserweight title.
Mairis Briedis 25 – 1 – 0
Briedis in my opinion has a slightly more impressive record, he stopped 8 out of his first 10 fights which included a TKO win over experianced fighter Danny Williams in the 2nd round. He would continue to climb the ladder and within 12 months had picked up 3 straps.
He continued to blitz through opponents at a fantastic pace and showed no signs of slowing down and evened managed to stop contenders such as Manuel Charr and he also handed Simon Vallily his first career defeat as a pro.
Briedis would gain the vacant WBC world cruiserweight title by beating Marco Huck, but he would lose his increasing knockout streak in the process. The judges decisions seem to be another thing that Briedis after he beat Perez, but unfortunately he came up short against Usyk and lost his title.
He has recovered well and has scored point wins over his last two opponents, can he get the knockout streak rolling again against Glowacki? I’m predicting a victory for this guy.
There is still of course the concern oover the WBSS possibly being cancelled due to ‘financial difficulties’ after several fighters have complained that they have not received full payment.
Boxing is a sport that is still considered by some as beingnin the process of recovering from ‘ a dying sport ‘ so I wouldn’t like to think that the WBSS will hold out on the money that is owed for much longer, it will just send off a bad impression.
I believe that the WBSS offers Cruiserweight fighters a huge platform for exposure. The main reason that people know who Usyk is was down to how he performed throughout that contest, and look at him now!
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