What is the World Boxing Super Series?
On Thursday, Ringstar Sports founder Richard Schaefer, former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, announced a new professional boxing tournament series coined the ‘World Boxing Super Series’. The idea was first thought up by Kalle Sauerland, the man behind the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament that ended in 2012 with American Andre Ward the winner.
The series will boast a total prize pool of $50 million and will consist of two eight-fighter, single-elimination tournaments featuring some of the top ranked fighters in two weight classes.
Schaefer stated that the tournaments would likely focus on divisions “that might’ve been a bit ignored”. The fighters could earn up to around $1 million for just the quarterfinal fights, so in addition to fighting for recognition, high-ranked fighters in less-popular weight classes could also take a shot at the tournament in hopes to get their biggest payday to date.
Of the fourteen total cards that will be made, half of them will be held in the United States, while the other half will be spread out internationally. Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center, and the T-Mobile Arena were all mentioned as venues in the U.S.
Television deals have already been made in multiple countries, and discussions with Showtime are being conducted to get the Series to viewers in the United States.
The tournament finals will be held in May of 2018, with the winners receiving a Muhammad Ali Trophy designed by Silvio Gazzaniga, the same man who designed the FIFA World Cup trophy.
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