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Briedis benefits from huge referee mistake and the weekend roundup

 

Saturday, June 15th from Riga, Latvia

Mairis Briedis/Krzysztof Glowacki

Mairis Briedis advanced to the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final by stopping Krzysztof Glowacki in the third round in a wacky fight.

The fight started slowly in the first round with little action.  The action picked up in the second and turned wild when Glowacki (31-2, 19 KO’s) hit Briedis in the back of the head during a clinch.  Briedis came back with an elbow to the jaw that staggered Glowacki. Referee Robert Byrd took a point away from Briedis for the foul.

This was only the beginning of the mayhem.  Briedis (26-1, 19 KO’s) blasted Glowacki with right hands and drove him to his knees.  Glowacki beat the count, but as the bell rang referee Byrd failed to hear the bell as the fighters continued fighting.  The bell ringer blasted away for a good five seconds and Briedis continued to hammer on Glowacki until he hit the canvas again.  Glowacki had to beat the count because the incompetent Byrd ruled it a knockdown to the dismay of everyone.

In the third round Briedis hit Glowacki with a massive uppercut followed by a right hand that ended the bizarre fight.

Briedis will fight in the final against Yunier Dorticos.

Yunier Dorticos/Andrew Tabiti

Cuban defector Yunier Dorticos brutally KO’d Andrew Tabiti to advance to the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final.

Dorticos (24-1, 22 KO’s) applied pressure over the entire fight as Tabiti would hold for the most part.  The referee deducted a point from Tabiti in the fifth round for excessive holding. Tabiti (17-1, 13 KO’s) ran from and tied up Dorticos at every opportunity.

Finally in the tenth round Doticos hit Tabiti with a jab and followed with a perfect right hand to the face that had him out cold.

Dorticos will now face Mairis Briedis in the final of the WBSS cruiserweight tournament.

Saturday, June 15th from Leeds, England

Josh Warrington/Kid Galahad

Josh Warrington retained his IBF featherweight title by defeating Kid Galahad via split decision.  The cards were 116-112 and 116-113 for Warrington. 115-113 for Galahad.

This fight could have gone either way.  Galahad (26-1, 15 KO’s) frustrated Warrington with his awkward style of fighting.  Warrington was definitely the aggressor and that might have played a part in the decision.

With the win, Warrington (29-0, 6 KO’s),  will now look for more lucrative fights against fellow champions Oscar Valdez or Leo Santa Cruz.

 

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