Will "The KO Doctor" be in the house? Or will Briedis send him home packing?
The fists will be flying this Saturday when cruiserweights Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos meet in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series at Plazamedia Boxing Center in Munich, Germany.
Odds slightly favor Briedis though Dorticos, who will also be putting his IBF strap on the line, has expressed great belief in his abilities.
“I am going to bring the Muhammad Ali Trophy, Ring Magazine Belt and my IBF belt to Miami,” said Dorticos in a press release posted by the WBSS. “The “KO Doctor” is back and ready to prescribe another dose of pain.”
That’s a cool nickname, “The KO Doctor,” but will Dorticos be able to put tough guy Briedis to sleep?
Seems unlikely. In 27 professional fights, of which he’s won 26, Briedis,35, a native of Riga, Latvia, has never been down. His only loss occurred two years ago when he was edged in a 12-rounder by talented Oleksandr Usyk. Since that setback, Briedis has won three bouts in a row, including a crazy third round stoppage over former champion Krzysztof Glowacki, that was highlighted by a rabbit punch, an elbow, and some terrible referring by Robert Byrd.
The Cuban born Dorticos,34, who resides in Miami, Florida, was KO’d himself in 2018 by hard-hitting Murat Gassiev. Shaking off the loss, Dorticos outpointed Mateusz Masternak, and brutally knocked out Andrew Tabiti in 10. Dorticos will bring advantages in height (two inches) and reach (five inches) into the ring. His jab will be the key in setting up his powerful right hand.
Briedis is extremely strong and awkward. He’ll be looking to test the chin of Dorticos with counter shots.
“We see how Dorticos’ team is trying to convince themselves and everybody else on how strong they are but it only gives us extra fuel and motivation,” said Briedis trainer Dmitrijs Šiholajs in March.
“The history of boxing has proven that the less you talk, the more time you have to get ready and be better.”
Not always, but Briedis is the strong silent type. Strong enough to win? If so, it will be late in the bout, but likely after some major fireworks.