Briedis: "It Will Be The World’s Finest Boxing Show"
Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) feels ready to shine
for a third time at the Arena Riga on June 15, when he faces
Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) for a place in
the Cruiserweight Final for the Ali Trophy.
In Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series Briedis fought
twice in front of capacity crowds in Latvia’s capital. The
national hero won a unanimous points decision over Mike
Perez in the quarter-final and after an extremely tough and
hard-fought battle, he lost to Aleksandr Usyk who claimed a
12-round majority decision, in the semi-final.
After defeating Noel Mikaelian via a unanimous decision in
Season 2’s quarter-final last November, the former WBC
champion is back at the Arena Riga for a second attempt of
reaching the final. He is facing a warrior, who has promised
to bring the war to Riga, a former WBO champ whose only
career loss likewise is credited to Usyk.
“I am really looking forward to another chance to get to the
final,” said Briedis. “In front of my people in a fight
watched by the world, I will do my best to make Latvia
How has training been going?
“I am always trying to do what my trainers are asking from
me. We are working on our prepared plan and thus far
everything has been good and I myself feel better and better
for every single day.”
What have you learned from last year’s semi-final
experience? And this year’s quarter-final?
“There are things to learn from every fight and of course I
took lessons from both of those fights to be better going
What do you think of your opponent, Glowacki?
“He is a very good boxer with a very heavy punch.”
Do you have a message for him?
“We’ll be able to pass our messages from one to another in
the ring. Now it’s all about focusing on the preparation.”
What can the fans in Riga expect to see from you?
“It will be the world’s finest boxing show at the arena with
two mega fights taking place at the same night plus all the
local talent on the undercard who are all preparing to show
their best on such a big night of boxing.”
What is your dream scenario for the fight?
“For me, the most important is to enjoy the fight and end it
with no injuries or anything unwanted.”
Have you been seeing or following the other divisions in the
“Unfortunately very little but as much as I have seen made
me as a boxing fan very happy about the WBSS product.”
Who do you think you will face in the final?
“I have always been going step by step in my career and my
next step is the semi-final bout against Glowacki which is
the only thing I’m thinking of right now. And like I said,
I’ll do everything to make Latvia proud!”
The WBSS returns on June 15 with a sensational doubleheader
at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia: Mairis Briedis vs
Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for
spots in the Cruiserweight Final for the Ali Trophy.