Senior Boxing Journalist @JamesDielhenn
Briedis vs Dorticos: Muhammad Ali tribute promised by ‘KO Doctor’ Yuniel Dorticos
Saturday 10pm, live on Sky Sports Arena - Briedis vs Dorticos in the World Boxing Super Series final
Last Updated: 25/09/20 3:36pm
Yuniel Dorticos has vowed to extend the legacy of Muhammad Ali by inflicting a knockout win against Mairis Briedis in the World Boxing Super Series final.
Can the KO Doctor deliver again? 💪@DorticosKO landed a devastating right hand in the semi-final of the @WBSuperSeries— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 22, 2020
📺 He takes on @BriedisMairis for the #AliTrophy this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm pic.twitter.com/UfejbA8G8D
Dorticos and Briedis contest the cruiserweight tournament final, the IBF championship and the Muhammad Ali trophy on Saturday night at 10pm, live on Sky Sports Arena.
"I will pick up where Muhammad Ali left off 44 years ago," Dorticos said. "I will pick up where his footstep left. I will carry on his legacy."
In 1976 Ali defeated Britain's Richard Dunn in Munich, Germany, the same location as the World Boxing Super Series is being held. That would be Ali's final stoppage victory.
The 'KO Doctor' Dorticos is, like Ali was, based in Miami.
Latvia's hero 🇱🇻— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 22, 2020
Mairis Briedis' semi-final was full of controversy, but he's in the final and determined to take the #AliTrophy back to Riga.
📺 Briedis v Dorticos - 10pm, Saturday, live on Sky Sports Main Event & Arena @WBSuperSeries pic.twitter.com/RcCEWLTkSC
The cruiserweight rivals each weighed in on Friday afternoon inside the limit - Dorticos was 199lbs, Briedis was 198lbs.
Tony Bellew, the former world cruiserweight champion, told Sky Sports: "The power is definitely still there and Dorticos will have to be wary of that, but I think it's Briedis' work rate and more aggressive approach that will be his biggest weapon.
"For Dorticos to win this fight, he has to get his power into play straightaway because when this man hits you then you are in serious trouble."
Who will be the next king of the cruiserweights? 👑— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 24, 2020
On Saturday night, number 1 & number 2 battle it out in the ring for the IBF world title & the #AliTrophy
📺 Briedis v Dorticos - 10pm, Saturday, Sky Sports Main Event & Arena pic.twitter.com/W2H9L2TDY4
Sky Sports schedule
WBSS final - Sept 26, live on Sky Sports
Yuniel Dorticos vs Mairis Briedis
The Golden Contract - Sept 30 live on Sky Sports
Ohara Davies vs Tyrone McKenna
Buatsi vs Calic - Oct 4, live on Sky Sports
Joshua Buatsi vs Marko Calic
Chantelle Cameron vs Adriana Dos Santos Araujo
Alen Babic vs Niall Kennedy
Aqib Fiaz vs Kane Baker
Linus Udofia vs John Harding Jr
Ritson vs Vazquez - Oct 17, live on Sky Sports
Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez
Savannah Marshall vs Hannah Rankin
Thomas Patrick Ward
Usyk vs Chisora - Oct 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office
Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 - Nov 21, Sky Sports Box Office
Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte