Sunday, 1 October 2017
Briedis outscores Perez, moves into WBSS semi-finals.
WBC world cruiserweight title holder Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) earned a crafty twelve round unanimous decision over Cruiserweight newcomer Mike Perez (22-3, 14 KOs) in a title defence and to advance into the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series, last night in his native Riga, Latvia.
The fight wasn't exactly for the purist, where both knockout artists nullified the other with a lot of physical close quarter activity.. Briedis was cut in the third round from an accidental head clash for which Perez was taxed a single point. Perez did attempt to rally late in the bout, with most of his swarming flurries missing the target, Briedis consistently landed the cleaner, more accurate counters and managed to catch the judges eyes as the busier of the two. Briedis did lose a point in the tenth for holding, but had maintained a steady lead over the tough Cuban down the stretch.. Scores were 116-110, 115-111, 114-112.. The Latvian will advance to face WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in the next round. Perez who featured more prominently as a heavyweight for most of his career appears to have found his optimum weight division although did seem to boxed within himself in what was his first championship challenge.