Cruiserweight final will be held in Saudi city in May 2018 following agreement
The World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Final will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in May 2018, it has been announced.
The announcement follows an agreement signed in London between World Boxing Super Series organiser and owner Comosa and The General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.
The date and venue for the Final will be announced in due time, a statement said.
The Muhammad Ali trophy will be awarded to the winner of the contest in the final stage of the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series.
Turki Al-Alsheikh, president of The General Sports Authority, said: “This agreement is part of our broader commitment and work to develop the sport of boxing in Saudi Arabia. Having the first final of such a high profile and groundbreaking tournament take place in Saudi Arabia is a key milestone for us, and will be one of many major sports events to take place in the Kingdom next year.”
Roberto Dalmiglio, CEO of Comosa, added: “This is fantastic news, not just for World Boxing Super Series but for boxing and for the sport in Saudi Arabia. We have seen huge and growing interest in the World Boxing Super Series from fight fans, broadcasters, commercial partners and venue owners from the major boxing markets around the world.”
The first fights of the World Boxing Super Series took place in September and three of the four quarter-finals in the Cruiserweight division has already taken place.
2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and current WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk kicked off the tournament by stopping Marco Huck in the 10th round in Berlin.
WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos defeated number one ranked Dmitry Kudryashov with a second-round knockout in San Antonio while Mairis Briedis outpointed Cuba’s Mike Perez in Riga to set up a semi-final clash with Usyk.
Next up is Russia’s IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev against Poland’s former world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, with the winner to face Dorticos.