Glowacki vs Briedis: “It is going to be a great war!”
Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) and Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) are both ready for a spectacle when they meet in a WBSS Semi-Final for the WBC & WBO World Cruiserweight Championships on Saturday at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.
“I am very happy to be here and I just can’t wait for Saturday,” said Glowacki, the WBO Champion. “I think it is going to be a great war and I am going to win.”
And the perspectives are likewise great, if he goes all the way and wins tournament, Glowacki acknowledged.
“It is something incredible to be able to get all the belts and win the Ali Trophy. That will be a dream coming true.”
Mairis Briedis is back at the Arena Riga on Saturday after 2018’s incredible Season 1 semi-final which saw Ukraine’s Aleksandr Usyk defeating the hometown hero after a close and thrilling encounter.
“The fight with Usyk was the fight with Usyk and this is a completely different fight,” said Briedis, the WBC Diamond Champion. “Now I have prepared differently, I am mentally different. This is my second chance and I will do my best to complete it.
“I wouldn’t use the word ‘war’ about the fight like Krzysztof. It is a strong word, but I think it is going to be a beautiful and very watchable fight.
“It is really cool the fight is taking place in Latvia. If someone told me ten years ago we will have world championship fights here in Latvia, that we would have such magnitude events here in Latvia with championship belts on the line and the world’s greatest fighters here I wouldn’t believe them. So this is a dream come true for me.”
“It is great to be in Riga again,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “We know the atmosphere that this city can develop around fight week, we expect nothing less this week. I saw the images of the public training yesterday and it looked sensational.
“Now it’s the big boys, the cruiserweights are coming into play on Saturday, and they have something to live up to because the performances so far have been amazing in the super lightweight and bantamweight divisions of the World Boxing Super Series.
“Briedis-Glowacki is not only for the final, it is not only for big money, it is also for two world championships. It is something very special, it is sport at its highest level. It is the best versus best.
“Now it is down to the fighters to perform. We know that they are gladiators and their styles on Saturday will make for very exciting boxing. We can’t wait!”
Thursday Yunier Dorticos and Andrew Tabiti will meet at their press conference at 2pm at the Elektrum Olympic Center in Riga.
Briedis-Glowacki WBSS Semi-Final confirmed for WBC & WBO World Championships!
The WBSS Cruiserweight Semi-Final Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) vs Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) in Riga, Latvia on June 15 is set for a unification bout for the WBC & WBO World Cruiserweight Championships.
Briedis vs. Glowacki battle for WBA & WBO titles
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has made Krzysztof Glowacki their new WBO cruiserweight champion after the previous champ, Ali Trophy winner Aleksandr Usyk moved up to heavyweight, and thus adding even more importance to the semi-final at the Arena Riga.
Both fighters have previously held one of the belts each, with current WBC Diamond Champion, Briedis a former WBC World Champ who reigned from 2016-2017. While Glowacki has regained the WBO title he held from 2015-2016. The two warriors are now colliding with the unique chance of unifying and qualifying for he Ali Trophy, the Greatest Prize in Boxing.
Both fighters have expressed their desire to regain their World Champion status and are excited about the opportunity to take home two world titles on June 15.
Briedis gets second chance
“God has given me a second chance which I am going to use to get to the final,” said Briedis who reached the semi-final in Season 1 of the WBSS and lost his WBC belt via a majority decision to the then WBO champ, Usyk. “The situation is now similar to last year’s semi-final; two belts at stake in Riga with my people behind me and hopefully we can get it done this time.”
Glowacki: This is a historic moment
“I am extremely happy and very excited because of the news about two belts: it will be a historic moment for the polish fans and boxing community in Poland. Great night and great fight ahead of us!”
READ: WBC World Championship at stake in Briedis-Glowacki WBSS Semi-Final in Riga!
Briedis vs. Glowacki ticket information
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated semi-final in Riga – Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti – are on sale via: bilesuserviss.lv
All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.
WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:
27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA
Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – Taylor W UD12
Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez – Inoue W TKO2
15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti