Star-Studded Affair at the World Boxing Super Series
The world Boxing Super Series is turning out to be a battle of the Titans. One that has put the sport to another level, despite several challenges in the first season.
The second season, slated to kick off in September has additional divisions, among them the bantamweight. Clearly, it is a star-studded affair, if the names already confirmed for the category are anything to go by.
So far, confirmed pugilists for the Bantamweight includes. WBA “Super“ Champion Ryan Burnett, WBO Champion from South Africa, Zolani Tete, Emmanuel Rodriquez who is the IBF King.
Having waned the starter challenges of the first season, organisers are delighted about the lessons learned. Comosa’s Boxing Chief Kalle Sauerland saying that they are eager to “ see amazing athletes compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”
What makes it a stars’ affair?
25-year-old Ryan Burnett from Northern Ireland is a former unified bantamweight world champion. Previously Burnett wore the WBA “Super” title and the IBF bantamweight between 2017 and 2018.
He also held the British bantamweight title from 2015 to 2017. He was the man who won gold for Ireland at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in the light-flyweight division.
Arguably, he has stepped up one fight at a time to lodge himself appropriately for a significant world title. The WBSS seems to be the platform for his endeavours. After all, he is a 19-O 9KOs record holder.
About the tournament, he said, “I have always wanted to be a world champion and to unify the titles against the best opposition out there.
Now the WBSS allows me to continue my dream against the other champions in the bantamweight division.”
Emmanuel Rodriquez was also a participant at the 2010 Youth Summer Olympics where he represented Puerto Rico. The 25-year-old won gold in the flyweight category and is ranked the seventh best active bantamweight boxer by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board(TBRB), while the Ring Magazine and BoxRec rank him fourth.
As the carrier of the IBF bantamweight title, Rodriguez has the task to lift and maintain an upward trend. He expressed his excitement about the WBSS tournament saying that “it is great to be able to fight against two other world champions.”
South Africa’s 30-year-old Zolani Tete said that he is “humbled and honoured” to participate in the tournament, adding that he has been looking forward to an
Opportunity “to show that I am the best in my division. Tete who has fought in 30 bouts winning 27, with 21 knockouts has moved from division to division successfully and guards the WBO bantamweight title.
Although Inoue, “The Monster” has agreed to the terms for the tournament, Sauerland says that they will still be speaking to McDonell once the showdown with Inoue is over.
“The overall concept of the product is to have the best against the best, so we are in a great place.” Concluded Sauerland.