Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) exchanged words and went head-to-head at the kick-off press conference in Riga ahead of their World Boxing Super Series semi-final clash at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia. Both cruiserweights defeated their quarter-final opponents by unanimous decisions [although most felt that Briedis did not deserve the decision over Germany’s Noel Mikaelian]. Glowacki took the win against Russia’s Maksim Vlasov to get to the semis.
“I cannot wait to get in the ring in Riga,” Glowacki said after Monday’s press conference in Latvia’s capital. “I fought here in 2017 on the undercard of the WBSS quarter-final Briedis vs. [Mike] Perez. I remember a wonderful atmosphere and thousands of fans cheering for Mairis. Not everybody knows about it but a few years ago Mairis trained in our gym in Warsaw for some time. We haven’t sparred each other, but I know what he's capable of and I have a lot of respect for him. But I'm confident I'll beat him."
Glowacki continued, “I prepare for the best version of Mairis so he should be prepared for the best version of Glowacki. I always fight until the final bell ... or the final punch! It will be a war! ‘Glowka' is coming!”
Hometown hero Briedis, who came straight from his part-time job as a policeman to the press conference, is looking forward to getting a second chance to reach the World Boxing Super Series final. Last year he came as close possible when he lost via a split decision to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk at the Arena Riga.
“The reason I am in my uniform is that I came right from work,” Briedis. “But now it is time to spend more time in the gym. I am looking forward to the exceptional atmosphere at the Arena Riga and another WBSS semi-final. Another possibility to achieve what I didn’t in the first season. “Glowacki is a strong fighter, we are both going for victory so it should be an interesting fight. Glowacki is tough, but there are no weak opponents in the super series. This is where the best meet the best.”
“We expect to see two of the best fighters on the planet battle it out for a space in the final of the Ali Trophy,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “Glowacki is someone who has reached the top of the game already, he has been a [WBO] champion after a fight of the year [candidate] against Marco Huck, where he showed what an outrageous warrior he is, knocking out [Huck, the long-time WBO champion].
“Briedis needs no introduction in this room. He is someone who has proven himself at the very, very top of the game obviously winning the world title. Someone who went on to fight in the first season in the World Boxing Super Series and was so close and unlucky against someone, Usyk, which many consider as the best boxer on the planet pound-for-pound. “This sets up very nicely for a massive event here in Riga. We are looking forward to June 15th.”
Fans in the U.S. and Canada can watch the Ali Trophy semi-finals LIVE, exclusively on DAZN.
WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:
• Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
• Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez
• Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
• Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk - 18 May, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
• Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki - 15 June, Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
• Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti