The inaugural World Boxing Super Series was an absolute knockout, with fans getting a chance to see Oleksandr Usyk become cruiserweight king and Callum Smith reign atop of the super middleweights.
Now, just as quickly as Season 1 ended, Season 2 of the WBSS is officially underway. The second season kicked off with quarterfinals action on Sunday (Oct. 7), as the electric Naoya Inoue knocked out Juan Carlos Payano in Yokohoma, Japan in a bantamweight bout and Kiryl Relikh outpointed Eduard Troyanovsky via unanimous decision in super lightweight action.
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Season 2’s top seeds include Ryan Burnett (bantamweight), Regis Prograis (super lightweight) and Mairis Briedis (cruiserweight). Briedis and Yunier “The KO Doctor” Dorticos each made it to the semifinals of the cruiserweight tournament during Season 1 and will be looking to get one step closer to grabbing the Muhammad Ali Trophy by the end of this season. Check out the full WBSS Season 2 quarterfinals schedule below.
Oct. 7, 2018: Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan
- Bantamweight – Naoya Inoue (Japan) def. Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic) via first-round KO.
- Super Lightweight – Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) def. Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia) by unanimous decision.
Oct. 13, 2018: Expo Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia
- Cruiserweight – Ruslan Fayfer (Russia) vs. Andrew Tabiti (United States). IBF Eliminator
- Bantamweight – Zolani Tete (South Africa) vs. Mikhael Aloyan (Armenia) for Tete’s WBO Bantamweight title,
Oct. 20, 2018: CFE Arena, Orlando, USA
- Bantamweight – Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) vs. Jason Moloney (Australia) – IBF World Bantamweight Title
- Cruiserweight – Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) vs. Mateusz Masternak (Poland).
Oct. 27, 2018: U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA
- Super Lightweight – Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England) – WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Title
- Super Lightweight – Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs. Anthony Yigit (Sweden) – Vacant IBF World Super Lightweight Title
Nov. 3, 2018: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K
- Bantamweight – Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs. Nonito Donaire (Philippines) – WBA ‘Unified’ Championship & WBC Diamond Title
- Super Lightweight – Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs. Ryan Martin (United States) – WBC Silver Title
Nov 10, 2018: UIC Pavillion, Chicago, USA
- Cruiserweight – Mairis Briedis (Latvia) vs. Noel Gevor (Germany)
- Cruiserweight – Krzysztof Glowacki (Poland) vs. Maksim Vlasov (Russia)
No. 1 seed Ryan Burnett vs. Nonito Donaire
No. 2 seed Naoya Inoue def. Juan Carlos Payano
No. 3 seed Zolani Tete vs. Mikhail Aloyan
No. 4 seed Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Jason Moloney
No. 1 seed Regis Prograis vs. Terry Flanagan
No. 2 seed Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin
No. 3 seed Kiryl Relikh def. Eduard Troyanovsky
No. 4 seed Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit
No. 1 seed Mairis Briedis vs. Noel Mikaelian
No. 2 seed Yunier Dorticos vs. Mateusz Masternak
No. 3 seed Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Maksim Vlasov
No. 4 seed Ruslan Fayfer vs. Andrew Tabiti
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