Venues in London -- where it was expected to be -- Manchester and the Midlands were all considered but an agreement with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) to stage one of the WBSS
finals in Jeddah means that the all-British match-up is instead heading East, with British fight fans expected to fly to the Saudi Arabian city to watch the bout.
WBC champion Nordine Oubaali is not involved in the WBSS
The inaugural World Boxing Super Series (WBSS
), however, pitches the world's top eight (in their weight category) against each other in a simple year-long Champions League-style quarter to final eliminator.
LONDON: The new date and location of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS
) cruiserweight final between Murat Gassiev and Oleksandr Usyk will be determined in the next few days.
" The winner of the Donaire-Tete fight will advance to the WBSS
final against the survivor of the May 18 duel between Japan's Naoya Inoue and Puerto Rico's Emmanuel Rodriguez in Glasgow.
"I stayed in the gym even through the holidays because when I signed for the WBSS
tournament, I had be ready, not knowing when the first semis would start so I stayed healthy, fit and ready," he said.
You can't blame the region if the right offering hasn't previously been there, but now you have the WBSS
and it is organised.
"There's been a great deal of investment: A six-figure-million fund has gone into the WBSS
(owned by Comosa AG).
It was Donaire's first rung in the World Boxing Series Series (WBSS
) ladder to reach undisputed status.
Details surrounding the WBSS
final date and its potential to be moved will be revealed in due course.
Usyk will be the favorite but Gassiev, 24, the youngest member of the cruiserweight field of the (WBSS
) improved his record to 27-0 with 19 KO's following the semifinal win in Sochi's Bolshoy Ice Dome.
The WBA title will also be on the line should Taylor reach the final of the WBSS
maiden super-lightweight event, with top seed Regis Prograis the likely opponent.