The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight finals have been postponed yet again.
As expected, the finals, which would have pitted Yuniel Dorticos against Mairis Briedis for the IBF world title and the Muhammad Ali Trophy in Riga, Latvia, is no longer happening on May 16. The Latvian government extended the state of emergency and containment measures for COVID-19 until at least May 12. The fight was originally scheduled for March 21.
In an official statement, the tournament said a feasible date for the fight is out of reach, meaning it will be a long time before there is any confirmation of a new date for the fight.
Below is the full statement:
WBSS is monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation. Under the current circumstances, a feasible date for the WBSS Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos is out of reach.
The final for the Muhammad Ali Trophy was originally scheduled to take place on 21 March 2020 in Riga, Latvia, and then rearranged for 16 May 2020 due to the spreading of COVID-19 – in line with the measures put in effect by the Latvian government to contain the disease.
On 7 April 2020, the Latvian government extended the state of emergency and the containment measures until at least 12 May 2020.
Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of the boxers, fans, officials, and staff involved in the World Boxing Super Series. WBSS will inform further as the situation develops.
The announcement also confirms no new boxing show from a major boxing entity until late June. Top Rank, PBC and Golden Boy Promotions no longer have any fight cards currently scheduled. Matchroom Boxing's next show is on June 27 in Newcastle, England while Queensberry Promotions' next card is July 11 in London.