The beat continues today for the popular World Boxing Super Series (WBSS), headlined by World Boxing Council (WBC) Cruiserweight World Champion Mairis Briedis’ (22-0, 18 KOs) world defense title against Cuban-born challenger Mike “The Rebel” Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) in quarterfinals action, airing live (2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT start) in Canada exclusively on Super Channel from Riga Arena in Riga, Latvia.
Canadian boxing fans can watch all the $50-million WBSS action live, including this afternoon’s “Briedis vs. Perez” card, exclusively on Super Channel, which acquired the rights in Canada to broadcast the World Boxing Super Series from MP & Silva, a leading international media company that provides media rights, digital, technology and sponsorship services.
The “Briedis vs. Perez” winner will advance to the WBSS semifinals to face the No. 1 seed, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight champion Oleksandr “The Cat” Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs), who knocked out former world champion Marco Huck in the 10th round of their WBSS quarterfinals fight earlier this month in Berlin.
“It is a great honor for me and for Latvia to have such a big fight and tournament in our country,” Briedis said. “I am looking forward to showing that Latvia is not only a country with singers and dancers, but also some world-class boxing. There is some pressure on my shoulders, fighting in front of a sold-out arena, but I am sure I can handle it.”
“I am ready to fight,” Perez commented. “I can’t wait! It will definitely be a good fight.”
MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
WBC CRUISERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP / WBSS QUARTERFINALS
Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), Champion, Latvia 90,1 (198.6 lbs.)
Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs), Challenger, Ireland by way of Cuba 89,5 kg (197.3 lbs.)
CO-FEATURE – WBSS CRUISERWEIGHT SUBSTITUTE FIGHT – 10 ROUNDS
Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs), Former WBO cruiserweight world champion, Poland
Leonardo Damian Bruzzese (18-3, 6 KOs), Italy by way of Argentina
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS — 10 ROUNDS
Tim Robin Lihaug (16-3, 9 KOs), Norway
Sergey Gorokhov (8-2, 6 KOs), Russia
HEAVYWEIGHTS – 8 ROUNDS
Filip Hrgovic (pro debut), 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Croatia
Ali “Sultan” Baghouz (10-0-1, 6 KOs), Belgium
(All fights and fighters are subject to change)