36-year-old Latvian Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) is certainly one of the best boxers in the world. In fact, he is currently the best in the lightweight/cruiser category. He confirmed this in September last year when by defeating Yunier Dorticos he came to the title of the winner of the third season of the World Boxing Super Series and the second organized in the categories up to 90.5 kilograms.
Thus, Briedis came to the IBF title, and he would probably have had the one according to the WBO, if that organization had not decided to take it away from him due to inactivity, ie waiting for the tournament to continue.
In any case, by winning the tournament he once again dominated the category, and he is the best boxer in that category since Oleksandr Usyk moved into the heavyweight division. Usyk is actually the only boxer to have beaten him, by referee decision in the semi-finals of the first WBSS season, and Briedis will now follow him.
He revealed this through a post on TikTok, where he briefly stated that he was going into the heavyweight division, after which he returned to hitting the bag. And the message below the video was very clear. “I’m not afraid to take that step,” this great boxer wrote, alongside Eminem's song of the same message.
The lightweight category was very strong in 2017, and WBSS then managed to organize a tournament in which all belt holders competed. Usyk eventually won it, becoming the absolute champion, and after one title defense, he went into the heavyweight division.
His opponent in the final, Murat Gassiev, followed him very quickly, and now Briedis, who managed to regain control of the category in their absence. There are an increasing number of potentially great matches in the royal category.
They just have to start contracting them. Certainly, with his arrival, the category will be even more exciting and we can only hope that it will pair those fighters we want to watch. It will be interesting to see how Briedis will cope in the new category, considering that it is a much bigger challenge and the opponents are much different from the ones he is used to.
Yet we are aware of Briedis ’strength and the talent he obviously has, so given that it shouldn’t be hard for him to get used to the new environment