World Boxing Super Series Preview

The World Boxing Super Series has rolled into Glasgow and brought with them their famous lights. The event takes place at the SSE Hydro on Saturday 3rd November with tickets still on sale, starting at £35.

With two massive main event fights, fans should be in for a treat.

WBA Bantamweight world champion Belfast’s Ryan Burnett defends his title against one of boxing’s living legends, former 4 weight world champion Nonito Donaire.

Whoever wins will face WBO champ Zolani Tete in the semifinals in another great bout. Tete booked his place in the semi by beating Mikhail Aloyan by unanimous decision in Russia a couple of weeks ago.

In the other big bout, Prestonpans Josh Taylor will defend his WBC Silver Super Lightweight title against American Ryan Martin.

Taylor returns to the scene of some of his finest victories, beating former world champion Viktor Postol and where he won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth games.

Whoever wins this quarter-final tie faces IBF champion Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-final. Baranchyk won the vacant IBF strap last weekend beating Anthony Yigit in another quarter-final tie.

Also on the card is a fight between two undefeated fighters for the vacant British Super Middleweight title. Zach Parker will take on Daryll Williams in what should be a good domestic affair.

UK fight fans can watch the show for FREE, including the massive undercard, on the World Boxing Super Series YouTube channel, Facebook page and via SportBible’s Facebook page, IFLTV’s YouTube channel and Boxing News’ website.

All the fighters have made weight and with a big crowd expected in Glasgow, we should have a great night of boxing and a good atmosphere. If the fans join in to make the event a spectacle expect the WBSS to make a return to Glasgow later in the tournament.

Weigh in results and comments:

Ali Trophy Super-Lightweight Quarter-Final & WBC Silver Title

Josh Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs): 139.1 lb /63,09 kg

“Listen, there is no one going to beat me here in Glasgow with these fans behind me,” said Taylor after weighing in. “I am in the best shape of my life. I am ready for Saturday, I can’t wait!”

Ryan Martin (22-0, 12 KOs): 139.3 lb/63,18 kg

“I am ready, I am prepared, I have trained my ass off,” said Martin.

Ali Trophy Bantamweight Quarter-Final & WBA World Unified Bantamweight Championship

Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs): 117,8 lb /53,43 kg

“Nonito is an incredible fighter,” said Burnett. “His track record speaks for itself. I am grateful to share the ring with such a good fighter.”

Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs): 117.7 lb/53,38 kg

“This is what I have been dreaming about for a long time,” said Donaire. “The WBSS is what boxing should be. The best against the best. The belts put together. There can only be one! That’s it!”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, who run World Boxing Super Series gave his thoughts through a press release.

Boxing is often about money and about going out there and earning a day, and that’s all well and good. It’s all part of the game, but the Ali Trophy brings a little bit more than that,” said Sauerland.

“We believe that the people who step up and take part in this tournament, it’s not about taking a year out and doing three voluntaries and getting good paydays out of it, it’s about putting your, excuse my language, nuts on the line to find out who the best is.

“It’s very easy as champion to sit it out and say I’ll fight the winner and I’ll take easy fights and then get one payday. The fighters in the World Boxing Super Series have chosen to be in this tournament. They’ve chosen to represent the Ali Trophy to find out who is best is in the weight class.

“If you look at the two fights in Glasgow, Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire and Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin, you’ve obviously got amazing match ups. Nonito Donaire, someone who’s had such a story in this sport. An amazing story. Someone who’s coming down in weight to face who many believe is the favourite. 

“I don’t want to say it’s a clash of generations, but for Nonito, it’s a big chance to resurrect his career and for Ryan Burnett to make a real statement in this tournament. We’ve seen some statements the last weeks. Look at Naoya Inoue in Japan. Rodriguez had a very tough win against Jason Maloney, which showed once again the depth in this tournament, also with Zolani Tete against Mikhail Aloyan. This is a fight where you have a real storyline outside of it.”

Taylor vs Martin is the story of two young fighters, 27 and 25, both labelled rising stars.

“Taylor and Martin, two guys much talked about either side of the pond,” said Sauerland. 

“I’ve just come back from New Orleans and all the American press were telling me about Ryan Martin, and I arrive here in Scotland and everybody is telling me about Josh Taylor. In those famous words: someone’s 0 has got to go. 

“We’ve got two undefeated gladiators. Two undefeated, young, hungry guys trying to make it to the top. They’re in this tournament for a reason,” said Sauerland concluding: 

“I can’t wait for Saturday from a sporting level and from a personal level.”

Mick Kane
kane216@btinternet.com
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