Briedis Defends World Titles With TKO Over Mann
Mairis Briedis (28-1, 20 KOS) defended his IBF and Ring
Magazine World Cruiserweight Titles last night at the Arena
Riga in Latvia with a spectacular third-round TKO win over
German challenger Artur Mann (17-2, 9 KOS).
The Latvian boxing star was fighting for the first time
since capturing the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy in the final
of the World Boxing Super Series tournament against former
WBA and IBF World Champion Yuniel Dorticos.
The 36-year-old from Riga was cheered into the ring by his
passionate home support who were in attendance to see the
three-time world ruler win his fifth major world title fight
and claim his twentieth career knockout.
Mann looked to meet Briedis in the centre of the ring but
was outboxed by the champion who sent the former WBO
International title holder to the canvas once in the second
round and twice in the third before the referee called a
halt to the action.
“Thank you to all the fans who came to support me. You are
fantastic,” said Briedis after the bout. “My opponent was
not easy. We prepared very well for this fight and invested
a lot of time and work. I am happy to defend my titles and I
look forward to collecting more belts soon.”
“That was a great performance by Mairis,” said promoter
Kalle Sauerland. “Tonight, he showed once again why he is
the man to beat at 200lbs. There are a lot of big fights out
there for him. A unification with Lawrence Okolie, a
mandatory defence against Jai Opetaia or a move up to
Heavyweight. Mairis has already proven he is the number one
in the division and now it’s about securing legacy defining
fights. 2022 is going to be a massive year for him.”
British boxer Harlem Eubank made his promotional debut for
Wasserman Boxing on the undercard in Riga. The 27-year-old
Super Lightweight from Brighton, who is the cousin of
Wasserman stablemate Chris Eubank Jr, moves to 12-0
following a stoppage victory over Nika Nakashidze.