World Boxing Super Series: Has the novelty worn off?
Back in September of 2017, the World Boxing Super Series kicked off with an inaugural tournament; cruiserweight and super middleweight. The idea of a boxing tournament wasn’t unknown but it’s the only one which has adapted to today’s format. However, we’re in the midst of season 2 and with season 3 already confirmed - has the novelty worn off?
I like the idea of a boxing tournament, it makes names bigger, makes boxers more popular; take Oleksandr Usyk for an example. He was already beating names and the Super Series really gave him the exposure the Ukrainian was after and since that tournament, he’s defended the unified cruiserweight championships against Tony Bellew and is now going on to make his heavyweight debut against 36-5 boxer, Carlos Takam next month and if he wins that then he’s going to have a big year on his hands and it all stemmed from the World Boxing Super Series.
The Super Series currently has great young prospects ranging from Scottish southpaw, Josh Taylor to Japanese bantamweight monster, Naoya Inoue. The tournament is really stacked but here’s the thing; if the promotion doesn’t get it together then it’s going to flop, payment is an issue as according to some previous boxers, they still haven’t received money for their fights and that’s a major issue! Boxers won’t come to the tournament when they’re aware of this and it’s not like they’re lacking in money.
I’ve been to a World Boxing Super Series event in November and it was brilliant. The atmosphere, the lights - it was just a great night and I can’t wait to go again next month. So, has the novelty worn off? No, it just needs to make sure boxers get paid on time and it remains fresh because if it doesn’t, that’s just a complete waste of a brilliant concept.