World Boxing Super Series: Briedis & Glowacki advance to Semi-Finals
By Steven Weinberg | Contributing Writer and Photographer
Published: November 12, 2018
The World Boxing Super Series brought the quarterfinals of its second cruiserweight tournament to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on November 10, 2018.
In the co-main event, a tactical and un-fan-friendly affair, Maris Briedis, (24-1), defeated Noel Mikaelian (23-2), by lopsided scores of 116-110, 115- 111, and 114-112 which did not reflect what occurred in the ring. Overall, Mikaelian largely dictated the pace of the fight by keeping Briedis on the outside with his jab, not allowing Briedis to find his range. After feeling each other out in the first two rounds, by the third, Mikaelian increased his aggression, but was warned for hitting Briedis on the back of the head.
The warning proved fateful because in the in fourth, he had a point deducted despite Briedis continuing to spin around in the clutch, exposing his back. In the middle rounds, Mikaelian’s confidence built up as he continued to be successful and keep Briedis on the outside, and finding success with his quick combinations before moving and avoid becoming a target himself. In the ninth round, a head-butt opened a cut over Mikalian’s eye, which bled for the rest of the night. Briedis became much more aggressive in the later rounds, finally being able to get in range and connect to Mikalian’s head. However, Briedis had a point deducted in the 10th for holding, while Mikalian complained of headbutts.
The 11th and 12th rounds saw Briedis drive forward and connect with Mikalian’s body and head. Promoter Kalle Sauerland acknowledged after the fight that the matchup wasn’t great, and said the earlier rounds could have gone either way, that Mikalian should have won the middle rounds, and Bredis won the late rounds. Nonetheless, Maris Briedis won the WBC Diamond Cruiserweight belt and moves on to face Krzysztof Glowacki in the WBSS quarterfinals.
In the night’s main event, Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1) faced Maksim Vlasov (42-3). In the opposite of the previous WBSS match up, this affair was a slugfest that greatly entertained the audience. Vlasov was expected to come out and box, carefully avoiding Glowacki’s power. Instead, from the opening bell, Vlasov went toe-to-toe with Glowacki, as if he had something to prove. On a late hit in the first round, Glowacki buzzed Vlasov, who was saved by the bell. That didn’t cause Vlasov to change tactics though, and he continued to try and match Glowacki’s power. Glowacki’s power, however, seemed to be having more of an effect early in the fight.
Late in the third round, Vlasov missed with a left, allowing Glowacki to score a knockdown. Vlasov quickly beat the count and protested it as a slip. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Glowacki started to pound Vlasov’s body with monstrous lefts. Vlasov was able to land some of his blows, but just doesn’t have the power to have any effect. In the sixth round, Vlasov’s nose was bloodied. In the eighth round, Glowacki was warned for a low blow as he worked the inside. By the tenth, Vlasov’s left eye was very swollen, and Glowacki pounded him with two giant overhand lefts, eliciting cheers from the crowd. Glowacki started the eleventh round by backing Vlasov into the ropes and scoring two power punches which caused the crowd to start chanting his name.
Vlasov has able to fight off Glowacki and open a cut under Glowacki’s left eye. In the final frame, both men went for broke and stood toe for toe, and the crowd began chanting Glowacki’s name. In the end, Glowacki’s power proved to the difference as he won a unanimous decision and the WBO Cruiserweight belt, 118-110, 117-110, and 115-112. Afterward, Glowacki simply said, “It was a really tough fight.”
In the WBSS alternate bout, Artur Mann (15-2) faced Alexy Zubov (16-2). Zubov appeared to come out strong, but Mann scored two knockdowns in the final minute of the first frame. Zubov recovered and going forward, attempted to work the outside, but Mann clearly had the advantage as the heavier hitter. In the seventh, Zubov got too aggressive and was dropped a third time with a short right hook. For the rest of the fight, Mann was having luck with his overhand right, and his heavy hitting allowed him to dominate the fight, easily winning by UD.
Chicago’s Genaro Mendez (13-4-1) faced Tyrone Harris (26-13) in lightweight action. Harris quickly established distance, seemingly hitting Mendez with his jab at will. By the third, Mendez began purposely-eating jabs so he could do work inside before backing out again. In the fourth, Harris was suddenly dropped, and when he got up, easily beating the count, complained that he received a thumb in his eye. The judge, believing that Harris suffered an injury, waived the fight off, giving Mendez a come from behind TKO victory.
Chicago Cruiserweight Owen Saldana (1-0) earned a TKO victory at 2:13 of the first round in his pro debut, after landing 12 unanswered blows on Joe Miller (1-3).
Deshawn Boyd (2-0) spoiled Chicago’s Marco Delgado (0-1) pro debut, scoring a first-round knockdown and cruised to an easy UD victory, 40-35 in lightweight action.
Hard hitting Super lightweight Shohjahon Ergashev (14-0) destroyed Zack Ramsy (8-5) in the opening bout, scoring a body blow knockdown in the first ten seconds of the fight, and a KO victory with a left hook to the body at 1:09 of the first round.
(All Photos: Steven Weinberg/Frontproof Media)