Mairis Briedis

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Mairis Briedis
Mairis Briedis 2018.jpg
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born (1985-01-13) January 13, 1985 (age 33)
Riga, Latvia
Boxing record
Total fights26
Wins by KO18

Mairis Briedis (born January 13, 1985) is a Latvian professional boxer. He is the first Latvian to win a boxing world title, having held the WBC cruiserweight title from April 2017 to January 2018.[1] He was awarded the Order of the Three Stars in 2017.[2]

As of September 2018, he is ranked the worlds number one best active cruiserweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[3] number one by The Ring Magazine[4] and second best by Boxrec.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 24, Mairis Briedis, who previously served as a police officer in Rīga, turned professional in 2009. He racked up multiple wins in his home country and abroad, including a second round TKO of former heavyweight title challenger Danny Williams.[6] He captured the IBA cruiserweight title along the way.

Briedis' first fight of note came in 2015, when he moved up in weight and traveled to Russia to face former heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr. Briedis knocked out his much bigger opponent with a single punch in the fifth round.[7][8][9]

In 2016, Briedis knocked out hard-hitting Nigerian Olanrewaju Durodola in a slug fest, to capture the WBC Silver cruiserweight championship.[10][11] This made him the mandatory challenger for the winner of Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu.[12] Briedis was ringside for the fight and congratulated the victorious Bellew in his dressing room afterwards.

Briedis then fought in the UK for the first time in a stay busy fight against Simon Vallily on the undercard of Bellew's first title defence against BJ Flores.[13][14][15] Bellew vacated his title in early 2017, meaning the vacant title would be on the line in Briedis' next fight.[16][17][18]

WBC cruiserweight champion[edit]

Briedis vs. Huck[edit]

Due to Tony Bellew fighting David Haye instead of taking on Briedis, the WBC ordered a match for the interim WBC cruiserweight title between Marco Huck and Briedis. The winner would earn a fight with Bellew for the full WBC title or possibly be elevated to full championship status if Bellew decided to vacate and stay at heavyweight.[19] As Bellew didn't plan to defend his title for a while, he vacated the title on March 2017.[20]

On April 1, 2017 Briedis captured the vacant WBC cruiserweight title by defeating Huck via a dominant unanimous decision (118-109, 117-110, 116-111). Huck was deducted a point after an accidental headbutt. He was able to outbox the two-time champion Huck and prevent him from having any success on the inside during the fight. Some boxing pundits had Briedis winning every round in the fight.[21][22][23] The IBO title, previously held by Huck, became vacant due to Briedis not paying the sanctioning fees.[24]

2017–18: World Boxing Super Series[edit]

On June 2, 2017 Briedis announced that he would take part in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, where the winner would receive a grand prize as well as the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Briedis described the bracket style tournament as the 'Champions League of boxing'.[25]

Briedis vs. Perez[edit]

At the Draft Gala, which took place on July 8 in Monte Carlo, Briedis chose former heavyweight contender Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) as his quarter final opponent. Perez had been out of action for 25 months before moving down to the 200 pound limit division and won his first fight at that weight in a first-round knockout win on June 10, 2017.[26] On July 22, the WBSS announced the fight would take place in Briedis' home country of Latvia at the Rīga Arēna in Riga on September 30, 2017. This was the 8th time Briedis fought at the arena.[27][28]

Briedis won a scrappy fight in his hometown, beating Mike Perez by unanimous decision after 12 rounds (116-110, 115-111, 114-112). Perez was deducted a point in round 3 following an accidental headbutt. Briedis was also docked a point during round 10 for excessive holding. With the win, Briedis moved on to the semifinals to face top-seeded Oleksandr Usyk.[29]

Briedis vs. Usyk[edit]

Briedis will have the next fight against Oleksandr Usyk (13–0, 11 KOs), following the latter's win over veteran Marco Huck.[30][31] In November 2017, it was reported the fight would take place on 27 January 2018 in Riga, Latvia, a week before Gassiev vs. Dorticos takes place.[32] Arēna Rīga was confirmed as the location by Comosa's Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland.[33] Usyk came in at 199.5 pounds and Briedis weighed 199.1 pounds.[34] Usyk moved on to the final of the tournament after defeating Briedis via majority decision. With a high work rate, Usyk controlled most of the fight with his jab put on pressure when needed. Briedis was credited with landing the harder punches. The opening four rounds where closely contested and Usyk was cut from a head-butt over his right eye in round 3. From round 5, Usyk became busier and took control of the fight, although he was still hit with some hard shots to the head from Briedis. One judge scored the fight 114-114, whilst the remaining two judges scored the fight 115-113 in favour of Usyk giving him the win. After the fight, Usyk stated it was the hardest fight of his career.[35][36] According to CompuBox Stats, Usyk landed 212 of 848 punches thrown (25%) and Briedis was more accurate, landing 195 of his 579 thrown (33.7%). Usyk landed 40% of his power punches.[37] Many boxers and pundits praised the fight.[38]

Reserve fight[edit]

On 28 June 2018, Briedis began training for his next bout, which was specualted to take place on the undercard of the WBSS final on 21 July at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.[39] His opponent was later announced to be French boxer Brandon Deslaurier (11-1-1, 1 KO). Briedis was also confirmed as the WBSS final substitute in case either Usyk or Murat Gassiev could not compete. The bout with Deslaurier was scheduled for 10 rounds.[40] Briedis went the 10 round distance defeating Deslaurier via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Briedis.[41]

2018–19: World Boxing Super Series[edit]

In August 2018, Briedis, along with Yunier Dorticos, entered a second edition of the cruiserweight Super Series. Unlike the inaugural tournament, there was no world champions, as Usyk had unified all the titles. Mateusz Masternak, Krzysztof Głowacki and Maxim Vlasov where other top contenders to join.[42]

Briedis vs. Gevor[edit]

As the #1 see, Briedis chose to fight German boxer Noel Gevor (23-1, 10 KOs).[43] On September 26, it was announced that the Briedis vs. Gevor bout, along with the Głowacki vs. Vlasov would take place as a doubleheader on November 10 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, USA.[44]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
26 fights 25 wins 1 loss
By knockout 18 0
By decision 7 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
26 Win 25–1 Germany Noel Gevor UD 12 10 Nov 2018 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight quarter-final
25 Win 24–1 France Brandon Deslaurier UD 10 21 Jul 2018 Russia Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
24 Loss 23–1 Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk MD 12 27 Jan 2018 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Lost WBC cruiserweight title;
For WBO cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight semi-final
23 Win 23–0 Cuba Mike Perez UD 12 30 Sep 2017 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Retained WBC cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight quarter-finals
22 Win 22–0 Germany Marco Huck UD 12 1 Apr 2017 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany Won vacant WBC cruiserweight title
21 Win 21–0 United Kingdom Simon Vallily TKO 3 (8), 2:36 15 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
20 Win 20–0 Nigeria Olanrewaju Durodola TKO 9 (12), 2:58 14 May 2016 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Won WBC Silver cruiserweight title
19 Win 19–0 South Africa Danie Venter TKO 2 (12), 2:05 21 Feb 2016 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
18 Win 18–0 Hungary László Hubert TKO 2 (6), 2:42 6 Nov 2015 Germany Palais, Frankfurt, Germany
17 Win 17–0 Syria Manuel Charr KO 5 (10), 2:55 22 Aug 2015 Russia Akhmat-Arena, Grozny, Russia
16 Win 16–0 Germany Emre Altintas TKO 2 (6), 1:35 28 Jun 2015 Germany Fruchthalle, Kaiserslautern, Germany
15 Win 15–0 Germany Björn Blaschke TKO 4 (6), 1:45 10 Apr 2015 Germany Kongress Und Sportzentrum, Hessen, Germany
14 Win 14–0 Belgium Ismail Abdoul UD 12 14 Nov 2014 Latvia Olympic Hall, Liepāja, Latvia Retained IBA cruiserweight title
13 Win 13–0 Hungary Csaba Faur KO 1 (6), 1:45 26 Sep 2014 Germany Palais, Frankfurt, Germany
12 Win 12–0 Uganda Joey Vegas TKO 9 (10), 1:09 26 Jul 2014 Latvia Ķīpsala Exhibition Centre, Rīga, Latvia Won vacant WBC Baltic cruiserweight title
11 Win 11–0 Czech Republic Luboš Šuda RTD 5 (12), 3:00 22 Nov 2013 Latvia Olympic Hall, Liepāja, Latvia Won vacant IBA cruiserweight title
10 Win 10–0 France Jérémy Ouanna UD 8 5 Jul 2013 Greece Olympic Hall, Porto Carras, Greece
9 Win 9–0 United States Jonathan Felton TKO 2 (6), 2:41 14 Jun 2013 United States The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Danny Williams TKO 2 (6), 1:09 23 Mar 2013 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
7 Win 7–0 Germany Marko Angermann TKO 2 (6), 2:38 20 Oct 2012 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
6 Win 6–0 Hungary József Nagy TKO 2 (6), 1:07 16 Jun 2012 Latvia Sports Complex Majori, Jūrmala, Latvia
5 Win 5–0 Lithuania Ruslan Siniavskij TKO 1 (6), 2:50 24 Mar 2012 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
4 Win 4–0 Latvia Andrejs Naglis KO 2 (6), 0:25 8 Oct 2011 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
3 Win 3–0 Croatia Josip Jalušić TKO 1 (6) 2 Jun 2011 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
2 Win 2–0 Hungary Gábor Zsalek TKO 1 (6), 3:00 12 Jun 2010 Poland Hala Sportowa, Krynica Zdrój, Poland
1 Win 1–0 Lithuania Raulis Racilauskas UD 4 11 Oct 2009 Latvia Rīga Hanza Secondary School, Rīga, Latvia Professional debut

Briedis logo and brand[edit]

Briedis surname stands for "Stag" in Latvian language which is where his logo comes from.


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Rakhim Chakhkiev
WBC Baltic cruiserweight champion
26 July 2014 – September 2014
Title last held by
Murat Gassiev
IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion
21 February 2016 – May 2016
Title next held by
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
Preceded by
Olanrewaju Durodola
WBC Silver cruiserweight champion
14 May 2016 – October 2016
Title next held by
Dmitry Kudryashov
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Bobby Gunn
IBA cruiserweight champion
22 November 2013 – April 2015
Major world boxing titles
Title last held by
Tony Bellew
WBC cruiserweight champion
1 April 2017 – 27 January 2018
Succeeded by
Oleksandr Usyk