The Big Question: Who will win the WBSS cruiserweight tournament?

Boxing Monthly
14/06/2019 2:45pm

With the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-finals taking place this weekend, members of the BM online team make their picks for who will win the 200lbs tournament...

It was hard to get up for the cruiserweight tournament initially with Usyk having cleaned up and left. But there are some nice match-ups and I fancy former Usyk opponent Mairis Briedis to come out on top. - Lee Gormley

In season 1 I thought Yuniel Dorticos was the hidden gem who would make the final and run Usyk close... despite his talk this time around I'm not making the same mistake twice. I expect Briedis to win overall, beating Dorticos in the final. With a bit of luck the IBF title will have also been thrown in there somehow by then. (Only the WBA could explain how they currently have Denis Lebedev as 'super' champ, Beibut Shumenov as champ in recess and Arsen Goulamirian as Interim/Gold/Regular champ - depending which source you look at. I would ask the WBA to get in on the sanctioning, but chances are they already have... The WBA Ali-Trophy belt, perhaps?) - Colin Harris

I think it will be a Dorticos v Briedis final and I pick the latter to emerge victorious. He gave Usyk one of, if not the toughest fight of his career and if he can find that form again - which I think he will - then that will be enough for Briedis to become the new top dog at 200lbs. - Shaun Brown

Briedis pushed Usyk all the way in their meeting in the first edition and now the Ukrainian has moved on and up, I think the crown is there for the taking for the Latvian. - James Oddy

Briedis, in my opinion, is the best at the weight now Usyk has moved up. I fancied him from the start and I cannot see past the Latvian police officer. - James Lupton

You have to favour Briedis here. In last year’s WBSS he came closer than anyone to defeating Usyk, going down by a razor-thin majority decision. That form line alone is good enough for me to prematurely crown him the winner of the second WBSS cruiserweight tournament. - Anthony Cocks

I think it will be a Briedis vs Andrew Tabiti final with my head massively being out ruled by my heart in suggesting Tabiti will progress past Dorticos. Briedis is the best of the bunch, though, and gave Usyk arguably his sternest ever test. He should have enough to win the tournament. - Oliver McManus

Briedis pushed last season's champion Usyk very close in their bout in Riga last year and I would fancy him to go one step further and reach the final this weekend. I expect Tabiti to win the other semi and set up a bout with the Latvian. I think the final will be a close fought contest with Briedis winning a close decision on the cards. - Callum Rudge

Briedis is the favourite with the bookies, and that seems reasonable for a boxer with a relentless, machinic quality to him, but there's enough about the field to look elsewhere for the winner. The Latvian is guilty of sometimes looking a little one-paced, and so I'll go for the winner of the other semi-final. Should Dorticos manage to stay out of harm's way with the big-hitting Tabiti, the Cuban has enough variety to his work to give Brieidis plenty to think about. It's something very close to a 50/50 fight, but the pick is for the more polished technician in Dorticos to edge a tight decision. - Tom Craze