Report: World Boxing Super Series Planning To Have Semifinal Bouts As Early As April

The World Boxing Super Series are reportedly set to move on as planned, albeit a little later than originally anticipated.

According to Mike Coppinger, the global tournament, currently in its second season, is moving forward after it was previously reported that there had been financial issues that threatened to prematurely end the WBSS.

The report stated that the plan for the semifinal bouts to be all held on three different fight dates starting as early as April. This current season has a tournament at bantamweight, junior welterweight and cruiserweight and each weight class would conduct its semifinal bouts as part of a doubleheader. That same report stated that the junior welterweight semifinals could take place in Glasgow, Scotland, the home country of semifinalist Josh Taylor, either on May 11 or May 18.

Below is the current lineup for the World Boxing Super Series semifinals:

Bantamweight:

  • Naoya Inoue vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez: WBA "Regular" and IBF title unification
  • Nonito Donaire vs. Zolani Tete: WBA "Super" and WBO title unification

Junior welterweight:

  • Josh Taylor vs. Ivan Baranchyk: IBF title bout
  • Regis Prograis vs. Kiryl Relikh: WBA title bout

Cruiserweight:

  • Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki: Interim WBO title bout
  • Yunier Dorticos vs. Andrew Tabiti

All quarterfinal bouts of the World Boxing Super Series that took place in 2018 were all streamed in the United States on DAZN. DAZN acquired the rights to stream the entire second season of the tournament series, which concluded its first season this past summer with Oleksandr Usyk and Callum Smith as the cruiserweight and super middleweight tournament winners, respectively.

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