Mairis Briedis is on home soil as part of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-finals, which are live on Sky Sports Arena from 9pm on Saturday.
The heavy-hitting Latvian meets Krzysztof Glowacki with the WBC and WBO world titles on the line at the Arena Riga while Yuniel Dorticos fights the unbeaten ‘Beast’ Andrew Tabiti for the other spot in the tournament final.
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Briedis vs Glowacki
Number one seed Briedis (25-1) has home comforts against his Polish counterpart and will hope to go one better than he did in last year’s Super Series 200lb-tournament, the Latvian narrowly losing to eventual winner Oleksandr Usyk after an epic 12-round battle.
Glowacki is on a five-fight win streak, beating tough Russian Maksim Vlasov last time out, while Briedis beat Noel Gevor in his quarter-final.
During Friday’s weigh-in Briedis tipped the scales at 198.1lbs, while Glowacki was slightly lighter at 197.5lbs.
Dorticos vs Tabiti
Dangerous Cuban Dorticos (23-1), like Briedis, came mightily close to making last year’s Super Series final but fell just short when stopped by Russia’s Murat Gassiev in the last round of their last-four battle.
Tabiti (17-0) is the last remaining unbeaten fighter in the tournament and has been highly tipped by Floyd Mayweather Sr to become the star of the division. Wins over Steve Cunningham, Lateef Kayode and Ruslan Fayfer have preceded what is a genuine test for ‘The Beast’.