Briedis Faces Deslaurier On
Usyk vs. Gassiev Undercard
Mairis Briedis, Ali Trophy Final Cruiserweight Substitute
Fighter, meets Brandon Deslaurier, on the Usyk-Gassiev
undercard July 21 at the Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow,
“I can’t wait to fight again,” said Briedis (23-1, 18 KOs).
“I'm looking forward to a quality World Boxing Super Series
event and I am sure that the 21st of July will make a great
night of boxing for the fans in Moscow and all over the
The former WBC World Champion won his quarter-final in the
quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy against Mike Perez by
unanimous decision and continued to face top-seed Usyk.
The Latvian sports hero did not fail to impress in a ‘Fight
Of The Year’-contender as the semi-final was dubbed.
Briedis was defeated in a close and thrilling contest and
gave what Usyk called; ‘the toughest fight of my career.’
The 33-year-old will be on standby to enter the final in
Moscow in the unlikely scenario of one of the original
participants being unable to compete.
In his fight on the Moscow undercard, Briedis is up against
France’s Brandon Deslaurier (11-1-1, 1 KO).
“I'm very excited to come to Russia and compete against a
world class fighter like Mairis Briedis. But people must not
underestimate me. I am coming to Russia to win and beat
Mairis Briedis,” said Deslaurier.
Everything is on the line for Aleksandr Usyk and Murat
Gassiev in the Ali Trophy Cruiserweight Final in Moscow: The
winner in Moscow on July 21 will be the first one ever to
take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy. The first cruiserweight
ever to unify the titles in the four-belt era. The winner
will also add RING Magazine’s vacant cruiserweight