The upcoming World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight finals has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The fight, originally set for March 21 in Riga, Latvia, was going to pit Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos for the IBF world title, but now that's no longer happening for another two months. The bout will now take place on May 16 at Arena Riga.
Local authorities in Latvia have adopted comprehensive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, events with more than 200 people present have been prohibited until April 14.
In regard to the risk of infection, the local authorities have concluded that the WBSS Cruiserweight final is a particularly high-risk event, not only for the athletes themselves but also for all local and foreign staff involved in the organisation and conduct of the event.
For this reason, the WBSS Cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos cannot take place as planned. The new date planned for the Final in Arena Riga is May 16, however, this is, of course, dependent on the current restrictions being lifted.
The health of all those involved to stage this historic event is and will always be the primary concern of the WBSS and we will continue to carefully monitor the situation with the authorities and the athlete’s teams.
We very much regret this step and thank all involved, spectators, fans, partners and sponsors for their understanding in this extraordinary and challenging situation. All tickets remain valid for the new date.
Comosa AG, World Boxing Super Series organiser
A number of boxing promotions announced that several shows have been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, including Top Rank Boxing, PBC and Golden Boy Promotions.