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Retro WBSS: Hammer Time! When KO Artists Collide

Retro WBSS: Hammer Time! When KO Artists Collide

14th, April 2020

‘The KO Doctor’ Yuniel Dorticos vs ‘The Russian Hammer’ Dmitry Kudryashov was the second Cruiserweight Quarter-Final of Season 1 of the quest for the Ali Trophy, and it is shown live tonight at 7pm (UK) on World Boxing Super Series Facebook and YouTube.

This incredible match-up didn’t need any special razzmatazz.

This was two world-class punchers with – at that time – a combined 41 knockouts in 42 wins, clashing at the Alamodome, San Antonio on September 23, 2017.

Both boxers could rightly ooze confidence in the build-up to the quarter-final in Texas. And they both did.

“I’m happy to be a part of this great event,” said WBA champ Dorticos at the press conference.

“On Saturday night you will see what I’m all about. Saturday is going to be an explosive matchup and I will leave with my belt.

“This is definitely going to be an exciting fight but I have to focus on my game plan and being at the very top of my game on Saturday.

“Winning the Muhammad Ali Trophy would mean so much to me because he is the fighter that everyone looks up to and tries to be like. Saturday night is my first step toward that goal.

“The fans in San Antonio are in for a great show. That’s on my mind every time I step into the ring and this is really a great opportunity to give the fans something memorable.”

“I am excited to see all the fans on Saturday night,” said Kudryashov. “We both have a lot of knockouts so this is going to be a great fight. I will have my hand raised on Saturday.

“This chance to become a world champion for the first time is something that I have worked towards for many years. This is my dream and the fact that it brings me closer to the Ali Trophy adds even more excitement.

“I know that I have a very tough opponent in front of me. We’ve worked so hard to prepare my body and mind for 12 rounds of war. There is no way I can lose this fight.

“I always train to deliver a knockout. That is my goal for myself. But I will definitely also be ready to go the full 12 rounds. I’m going to leave it all in the ring on Saturday.

“Being a part of this tournament brings me a lot of joy because it gives me the chance to fight the best. That is why I started boxing and now it is time for me to prove that I’m the best in the world.”

The 2017-18 Season 1 of the WBSS consisted of two weight classes, Cruiserweight and Super-Middleweight, questing for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, and featured battles that became classics of the sport.

In the coming weeks not only the fights, but also videos, photos and interviews from a spectacular season will resurface in the coming weeks on WBSS platforms to entertain fight fans all over the world during these challenging times.