Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) returns to the Enviornment Riga in Latvia on October 16 to defend his IBF World Cruiserweight Title in opposition to former World Title challenger Artur Mann (17-1, 9 KOs).
The Latvian boxing star cemented his place because the primary Cruiserweight in world when defeating Yuniel Dorticos within the ultimate of the World Boxing Tremendous Collection in September 2020. A combat that noticed the 36-year-old declare each the IBF World Title and the distinguished Ring Journal belt in addition to the long-lasting Muhmmad Ali Trophy.
Briedis, who’s now a three-time world champion having beforehand held WBC and WBO World Titles and thought of among the finest pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, will get the possibility to return to his hometown area and field in entrance of his passionate supporters for the primary time since his third-round stoppage win over Krzysztof Glowacki in June 2019.
Nevertheless, Briedis, who was named ‘Rigan of the 12 months’ for 2020, can anticipate a troublesome problem when he makes the primary defence of his IBF belt in opposition to Germany’s Artur Mann, a former WBO Worldwide Champion and IBO World Cruiserweight Title challenger.
Mann defeated countryman Leon Harth to seize the WBO Worldwide Title in July 2017 and remained undefeated till he travelled to South Africa to problem Kevin Lerena for the IBO World Title in March 2019. Since his sole defeat, the 30-year-old ‘Thunderman’ from Hannover has recorded back-to-back wins to arrange a World Title showdown with Briedis.
“It’s loopy to suppose it has been over two years since I final fought in Riga,” stated Briedis. “I feel I’ve already forgotten that implausible feeling that Latvian boxing followers ship every time and I can’t wait to step within the ring once more in entrance of my house crowd. It’s going to even be a particular evening for me as it will likely be my first IBF Title defence and I’m pleased I will do it on the Enviornment Riga.
“My opponent Artur Mann is a really skilled boxer who was beforehand a part of the Sauerland secure which is already a high quality measurement for him as there are not any weak boxers invited to affix that group. He’s a really technical boxer coming from the Kazakh boxing college that’s thought-about by many to be among the finest on the planet.
“Along with my group, we’re taking this combat very significantly. Defending a World Championship belt doesn’t permit you to do something much less. We’ve got already began our preparations and can do all the pieces to be prepared for the combat.”
“I’m very pleased to combat for the IBF title in opposition to Mairis Briedis, the primary Cruiserweight on the planet,” stated Mann. “I wish to thank my supervisor Daniel Todorovic and the entire O1NE Sport Crew, and naturally, Kalle Sauerland and Wasserman Boxing for this nice alternative. I’m pumped and prepared for Riga!
“I’ve a whole lot of respect for Mairis Briedis and his achievements however I don’t really feel any stress. Previous to my combat in opposition to Kevin Lerena, I felt a whole lot of stress as a result of a whole lot of issues didn’t work out as they have been purported to, however this time, I’m tremendous relaxed. All of the stress is on Mairis as a result of he’s the world champ and he’s preventing at house in entrance of his individuals, which doesn’t at all times turn into a bonus. He’s bought all the pieces to lose and I’ve bought all the pieces to win!”
“We’re delighted to be selling our first occasion with Mairis Briedis, one among boxing’s pound-for-pound stars, on the Enviornment Riga below the Wasserman Boxing banner,” stated promoter Kalle Sauerland. “We want to thank the IBF for his or her help. Mairis was resulting from combat a compulsory challenger however after negotiations broke down we now have utilized for particular exception to make this combat attainable.
“I’ve been fortunate sufficient to witness Mairis preventing in Riga earlier than and the environment is unimaginable. I can’t wait to listen to the noise when he steps into the ring on October 16. Coming to spoil the social gathering is Artur Mann. A tricky German contender seeking to dethrone Latvia’s boxing king. That is an occasion you don’t wish to miss. Prepare for the Rumble In Riga!”
MANN COACH: ARTUR HAS THE POWER TO HURT BRIEDIS
Artur Mann’s (17-1, 9 KOs) coach Vitali Boot believes his fighter has the ability to harm Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) after they meet for the IBF and Ring Journal World Cruiserweight Titles on October 16 on the Enviornment Riga in Latvia.
Mann, the previous WBO Worldwide Champion and IBO World Cruiserweight Title challenger, travels to Riga to tackle reigning world champion Brieids in his hometown following an explosive KO victory over Rad Rashid.
Serving to the challenger put together is long-time coach and mentor Boot, a seven-time German nationwide Tremendous Heavyweight champion and 2001 World Newbie Championship bronze medallist, who now trains fighters out of the Olympic Headquarters in Hannover, Germany.
“Artur has the ability to harm Briedis,” says Boot. “Any boxer who is sort of 100kg has the ability to harm his opponent and Briedis is just human so sure, I imagine Artur can damage him.
“He’ll should be extremely concentrated throughout the entire combat, keep on with the sport plan and preserve forward of the state of affairs even when below stress.
“He gained’t be involved about preventing away from house or having the followers in opposition to him. He has had that over and over in his profession so this isn’t new for him.
“Artur’s biggest energy is his technical skill. He’s like a sponge, you present him one thing new and he can implement it in his work in a break up second.
“I’ve been coaching Artur roughly since he began boxing. It is a large alternative for him and one I imagine he’ll take. On October 16, we’ll see a brand new world champion.”
Mairis Briedis defends his IBF and Ring Journal World Cruiserweight Titles in opposition to Artur Mann on October 16 on the Enviornment Riga in Latvia. Tickets are on sale now and accessible to buy by way of https://www.bilesuserviss.lv.