THE cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series was due to take place next weekend. But because of the coronavirus it has been rescheduled for May 16.

Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos were meant to meet for this long awaited clash in Latvia. But in a statement the Super Series said, “Local authorities in Latvia have adopted comprehensive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, events with more than 200 people present have been prohibited until April 14.

“In regard to the risk of infection, the local authorities have concluded that the WBSS Cruiserweight final is a particularly high-risk event, not only for the athletes themselves but also for all local and foreign staff involved in the organisation and conduct of the event.”

Mairis Briedis said, “We’ve done great work in preparation until the very last planned training [session] but it is what it is and we will now adapt to the new situation and keep training to wait for the green light. Looking forward to fighting in front of my fans when it’s safe. Take care of yourself, people.”

Yuniel Dorticos added, “While I was in great shape and looking forward to coming to Latvia to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy, I understood the impracticality and therefore l will have to wait until May to win the tournament. I want to thank all my fans for their patience and I ask that everyone be careful and take the necessary steps to stay healthy during these challenging times.”