IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (28-1, 20 KOs) demolished challenger Artur Mann (17-2, 9 KOs) in three rounds on the Enviornment Riga in Riga, Latvia.
After controlling the primary spherical, Briedis dropped Mann within the second spherical with a tough proper hand close to the top of the three minute mark. The reigning champion would push ahead to shut the present within the third after two extra knockdowns.
Enviornment Riga has been the hometown fortress of unforgettable nights for Briedis, the place he held fights towards Mike Perez, Oleksandr Usyk and Krzysztof Glowacki in recent times.
The 36-year-old returned to the venue for the primary time since his June 2019 victory over Glowacki to defend the belts he claimed when defeating Yuniel Dorticos within the remaining of the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence in September 2020 to ascertain himself because the primary cruiserweight within the sport.
Mann, the previous WBO Worldwide champion and IBO world cruiserweight title challenger, was a 50-1 underdog based on a number of betting websites.
Mann defeated countryman Leon Harth to seize the WBO Worldwide title in July 2017 and remained undefeated till he travelled to South Africa to problem Kevin Lerena for the IBO World Title in March 2019. Lerena stopped him in three rounds.
Since his sole defeat, the 30-year-old ‘Thunderman’ from Hannover had recorded back-to-back wins to arrange the world title showdown with Briedis.
Briedis could now stay up for a possible showdown with WBO world champion Lawrence Okolie in 2022.
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