Photos: Sumio Yamada
In a World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-final, Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) dethroned WBO world champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (31-2, 19 KOs) by thrilling and controversial third round KO on Saturday night at the Riga Arena in Riga, Latvia.
Briedis put Glowacki on the deck with an intentional elbow and was deducted a point. when action resumed, Briedis knocked down the still reeling Glowacki. Referee Robert Byrd didn’t react to the bell and they kept fighting probably ten additional seconds, culminating with Briedis knocking down Glowacki again. Both came out firing in round three and Briedis floored Glowacki a third time to end it. Time was :27.
Only the WBO belt was on the line as the WBC revoked sanctioning over a dispute with the WBSS on the selection of officials.
It will be Briedis vs. Dorticos in the WBSS final.