The end result of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semifinal fight between Mairis Briedis and Krzysztof Glowacki has left the entire sport in a state of confusion over the series of events that led to Briedis beating Glowacki.
The fight, which took place on June 15 in Riga, Latvia, saw Glowacki throw an illegal punch to the back of Briedis' head, followed by Briedis knocking his opponent down with an elbow to his chin. If that wasn't strange enough, Briedis and Glowacki continued fighting after the second round ended, but the referee never heard the bell and Briedis dropped Glowacki roughly 10 seconds after the round concluded.
Once the third round started, Briedis dropped Glowacki once more, effectively ending the fight seconds later and advancing to the WBSS finals where he will take on IBF champion Yuniel Dorticos. Glowacki spoke with The Ring through Jacek Szelagowski of Knockout Promotions and confirmed he would try and appeal the decision.
“It is hard to accept such a situation. I would never expect an elbow. I have never fought anyone who would fight like that. I was not interested in acting. I wanted to continue and win this fight with classic boxing. The elbow was really strong and clear to the chin. I did not know what happened. I do not remember a lot after that. I did not hear anything. I was trying to take my chance in a direct war. I am extremely disappointed I am not in the finals. I sacrificed everything to win that title," Glowacki said.
Even if there is a change in the fight result, whether it would be a no contest or a retroactive disqualification win for Glowacki, there's no telling if the cruiserweight finals will change. Kalle Sauerland said the plan is to have the three WBSS finals be main event bouts on their own respective shows running in September, October and November.