WBSS Cruiserweight Semifinals Betting Preview, Odds, and Winners

By Rick Rockwell in Boxing on June 14, 2019

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On Saturday, June 15th, the World Boxing Super Series will be live from the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia, for the two semifinal bouts in the exciting cruiserweight tournament. The WBSS cruiserweight semifinals will be streamed live on DAZN and it features two title fights to determine the tournament’s finalists. In the main event, Mairis Briedis will take on Krzysztof Glowacki for the WBO and WBC cruiserweight titles. The co-main event is for the interim IBF cruiserweight title as Yunier Dorticos takes on Andrew Tabiti.

In addition to the final four of the cruiserweight tournament, this card is scheduled to have at least 4 additional fights. Boxing betting sites have released their odds for the World Boxing Super Series semifinal bouts. Let’s take a look at these odds, identify any potential value, and KO our picks.

Yunier Dorticos (23-1, 21 KOs) vs Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs)

  • Yunier Dorticos (-150)
  • Andrew Tabiti (+130)

Dorticos comes in as the betting favorite, which is a role that he’s well accustomed too. The tournament’s #2 seed was a -235 betting favorite at the beginning of the week, but has fallen to a slight favorite at -150 odds. That’s a significant drop. That also means Dorticos now offers betting value since his odds have dropped and he’s still the former champ looking to win his belts back.

Tabiti was a sizable betting favorite in his first WBSS fight last October. He’s also been a favorite for the majority of his fights the last several years. Just like with Dorticos, Tabiti’s odds for this fight changed as well. He went from a sizable underdog of +195 to a small underdog of +130. Nevertheless, he still offers value especially if you think he will win.

Dorticos vs Tabiti Preview

Boxer Yunier Dorticos Andrew Tabiti
Age 33 29
Height 6’3” 6’1”
Reach 80” 76.5”
Total Fights 23 17
Record 23-1 17-0
Knockouts 21 13

Tabiti comes into this fight undefeated, having won twice in the last 13 months. His first WBSS fight was a battle that saw Andrew victorious over Ruslan Fayfer via UD. The fight was close and Fayfer did have one point deducted in the 12th round. Would that have changed the outcome of the fight?

Tabiti has 13 KOs in 17 fights, which is a 76% knockout rate. That’s power that Dorticos will need to plan for. This tournament has been a huge opportunity for Tabiti who has risen up the rankings over the last year. Andrew is ranked 6th for WBO, 1st for IBF, 2nd for WBC, and 2nd for the WBA. He’s actually ranked higher than Dorticos with the IBF and WBC.

As for this weekend’s fight and the tournament itself, Tabiti had the following comments:

“Dorticos is a knockout artist and me, I am as well, so I think there is going to be some fireworks on Saturday. I came well prepared and I am going to get the ‘W’. Ali was one of the fighters I grew up watching. So it is a big deal for me to fight for the Ali Trophy.”

Yunier Dorticos has a shot at redemption by winning this fight and the tournament. Yunier’s only career loss came 16 months ago in the 2017-18 cruiserweight tournament when he suffered a TKO defeat to Murat Gassiev in the 12th round of their WBSS semifinal matchup. Dorticos ended up losing his WBA cruiserweight title to Gassiev and has a shot at winning it back if he can win the whole tournament.

Like Tabiti said, Dorticos is a knockout artist with an 88% KO rate. Prior to his loss to Gassiev, Yunier had 4 straight TKO/KO wins. The former champ does have more “big fight” experience than his counterpart who’s 4 years younger. Additionally, Dorticos has a 2 inch height and a 3.5 inch reach advantage.

By all accounts, Dorticos is in top form as he boasted of how amazing his training has been. He believes that his loss to Gassiev last year will be the difference in this semifinal matchup. Furthermore, Dorticos is hoping to knockout Tabiti:

“The fans in Riga can expect a show, I’m a prize fighter and I’m going to make sure they get their money’s worth and more. When ‘The KO Doctor’ goes in that ring it will be nothing but fireworks and excitement. I don’t come to run, I come to fight! My game plan will be simple: Tabiti will learn why I’m called the ‘KO Doctor’. A doctor can operate at any level. It can be a quick procedure or a prolonged procedure. Regardless it will be very painfully for Tabiti.”

Dorticos declares that he will run over Tabiti on his way to the finals. He believes that he will win this fight at all cost.

Who Will Advance to the Finals?

This fight has the ingredients to be explosive. Both men have a history of knocking out their opponents. And both fighters want to KO their opponent this weekend. It could end up being a short fight if they decide to go to war once the bell rings. Or, it could be an epic battle where the winner is the man who survives all 12 rounds.

I think both men offer betting value, so the odds shouldn’t be a factor in your decision. For me, I lean towards Dorticos right now. I think his experience and reach advantage are tools that he can use toward securing a victory. I see another UD win for Dorticos as he moves on to the finals and captures the vacant interim IBF cruiserweight title.

Boxing Bet: Yunier Dorticos (-150)

Dorticos vs Tabiti: Over/Under 9.5 rounds

  • O(-230)
  • U(+190)

5Dimes has the Over as a significant favorite. Both men went the distance in their first WBSS fight and there’s a good chance it could happen again despite their KO rate. In Dorticos loss, it also went over. In fact, when he has fought top shelf competition the fights have gone at least to the 10th round. For Tabiti, 3 of his last 5 fights have gone the distance.

I’m going with the Over on this one. I believe these two men will take a few rounds to feel each other out before taking chances. Ultimately, I see this fight going the distance.

Boxing Bet: Over 9.5 rounds (-230)

Dorticos vs Tabiti Prop Bets

Thanks to 5Dimes for the following Prop Bets:

Tabiti / Dorticos Goes the Distance?

  • Yes (-165)
  • No (+125)

As mentioned above, I see this fight going Over 9.5 rounds and to the scorecards after the full 12 rounds have been completed. So, for this prop bet, take the Yes option at -165 odds.

Boxing Bet: Yes (-165)

Who Wins If It Goes the Distance?

  • Tabiti wins by Decision (+254)
  • Dorticos wins by Decision (+185)

This is a combination of prop bets, but since I believe the fight will go the distance, I like these payouts. In fact, I would rather take this bet than the moneylines on the fight. I believe that Dorticos will win via Decision, but Tabiti is worthy of a flyer with a nice payout.

Boxing Bet: Dorticos wins by Decision (+185)

Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) vs Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs)

  • Mairis Briedis (-200)
  • Krzysztof Glowacki (+170)

Mairis Briedis started off fight week at -300 odds. However, as we’ve approached fight night, his odds have dropped to -200. Briedis has been a betting favorite in the majority of his fights the last few years. So, this isn’t unchartered territory. With that said, there’s not as much value as I would like. Glowacki’s odds have also dropped as he went from a +250 underdog to a +170 line. It’s surprising that Glowacki, who is the WBO champ, has been listed at odds this high. I do find value with Krzysztof and think he’s worth a flyer.

Briedis vs Glowacki Preview

Boxer Mairis Briedis Krzysztof Glowacki
Age 34 32
Height 6’1” 6’0”
Reach 75” 75”
Total Fights 26 32
Record 25-1 31-1
Knockouts 18 19

This fight is not only for Glowacki’s WBO title, but it’s also for the vacant WBC cruiserweight strap. Briedis is the challenger, but the betting favorite. He’s won 2 straight fights via UD after losing to Usyk in January 2018. That was the only loss of his career.

This weekend, Briedis will get to fight in front of his fellow countrymen as he takes on Poland’s Glowacki in his hometown of Riga. Mairis believes that the fans will give him the extra energy he needs if things get tough. In fact, Briedis is out to make Latvia proud of him:

“I am really looking forward to another chance to get to the final. In front of my people in a fight watched by the world, I will do my best to make Latvia proud. It will be the world’s finest boxing show at the arena with two mega fights taking place at the same night plus all the local talent on the undercard who are all preparing to show their best on such a big night of boxing.”

Krzysztof Glowacki was named the WBO cruiserweight champ after Usyk relinquished his belt. So, he didn’t technically win the title, but he was the WBO interim champ after beating Vlasov last November in his first WBSS fight. He was rightfully elevated to the full champ. Now, he will get a shot at adding a 2nd title to his waist.

Glowacki has won 5 straight fights since his UD loss to Usyk in September 2016. Just like Briedis, he came up short against Usyk. With that said, he has bounced back nicely with some solid wins along the way. Glowacki credits his opponent this weekend as being a world class fighter, but he’s coming to win and wants Briedis to prepare for war:

“Mairis, prepare for war, Glowka is coming. I’m going to win the Ali Trophy! Everybody who watched my fights knows I always fight hard from the first to the final bell. Even if I’m down on the scorecards like against Huck I still believe in myself and never give up. ‘It’s worth believing’ – this is my motto!”

Who Will Advance to the Finals?

Both men have lost to Usyk, which happens to be each fighter’s only loss of their career. Both men are also experienced and similar in physical builds. I don’t see either fight having an advantage in those areas. With that said, I can see why the oddsmakers are leaning toward Briedis. The hometown advantage should give him the boost he needs to get the win. I don’t like his odds, but he should come out ahead in this battle. If you ask Dorticos who will win between these fighters, he emphatically states that Briedis will win.

I believe Glowacki offers betting value and is worthy of a flyer. But, the safe bet is on Briedis.

Boxing Bet: Mairis Briedis (-200)

Briedis vs Glowacki Over/Under 10.5 rounds

  • Over 10.5 rounds (-265)
  • Under 10.5 rounds (+225)

Like with the other semifinal, I would be surprised if this fight didn’t go the full distance. At the very least, it should get into the championship rounds. In Glowacki’s last 9 fights, 5 of them have gone into the 11th round and beyond. Of those 5, four of them have gone the full 12 rounds. His first fight in the WBSS went the full 12 rounds.

For Briedis, he’s gone the distance in 5 straight fights. 4 of those 5 fights were 12 round contests. He also went the full distance in his first WBSS fight.

I expect this fight to hit the Over and actually go the full distance. I believe these two boxers are going to give us a war that lasts the full 12 rounds. I see Briedis edging out Glowacki with a decision win. There’s no value with the Over, but the Under is worth a flyer at +225 odds.

Boxing Bet: Over 10.5 rounds (-265)

Briedis vs Glowacki Prop Bets

The following prop bets are courtesy of 5Dimes:

Will Glowacki vs Briedis go the distance?

  • Yes (-215)
  • No (+165)

I believe that this fight will go the distance and so do oddsmakers. Not only did they list the Over/Under at 10.5 rounds, with the Over as a huge favorite, but they also have the “Yes” option of this fight going the distance as a big favorite.

Boxing Bet: Yes (-215)

Who Wins If It Goes the Distance?

  • Glowacki wins by Decision (+262)
  • Briedis wins by Decision (+143)

Like with the other WBSS semifinal, I believe this fight is going the distance and I would rather bet on these options than the moneylines. I do think that Briedis will win the fight via Decision, but Glowacki’s odds are worth a flyer. I think boxing betting sites have an inaccurate view of his potential.

Boxing Bet: Briedis Wins by Decision (+143)

Final Thoughts on the WBSS Cruiserweight Semifinals

Like with the other WBSS tournament fights, I am excited for this event. I love tournaments that lead to an outright winner and an undisputed champ. I believe both semifinal bouts will be competitive and very entertaining. I have a hard time thinking any of these 4 fighters will be stopped in their respective bouts. With that said, I like the prop bets for both fights and the Over/Under wagers. They have better payouts and an increased chance of winning. If their previous fights were any indicator, this weekend’s WBSS semifinals from Latvia should be fantastic examples of boxing action.

WBSS Cruiserweight Full Card

  • WBSS: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki in a 12 rounds cruiserweight fight for WBO and WBC titles
  • WBSS: Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti in a 12 rounds cruiserweight bout for vacant IBF interim title
  • Nikolas Grisunins vs Vaclav Pejsar in an 8 round cruiserweight bout
  • Ricards Bolotniks vs Gasan Gasanov in an 8 round light heavyweight fight
  • Jevgenijs Aleksejevs vs Siarhei Khamitski in a 6 round super middleweight bout
  • Marcis Grundulis vs Evgeny Vazem in a 4 round junior welterweight fight
  • Oskars Grosmanis vs Rustam Kumykov in a 4 round middleweight contest
Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site.

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