Stephon Young (18-1-3, 7 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, the WBA No. 5 contender and official WBSS super-lightweight reserve replaces Zolani Tete in the bantamweight semi-final against Nonito Donaire due to an injury in the right shoulder of the South African WBO Champion.
The new that broke yesterday is another blot on the World Boxing Super Series name which started out with such high hopes to clean up the boxing politics of the sport and get the best fighters currently out there fighting the other so called Elite within one division and a chance for true Lineal undisputed champions. I for one was sucked into it all after a good first season but it feels like it never really got the same level of excitement for the second installment.
Starting with the idea to run the Cruiserweight division again was a poor error of judgment considering Usyk won all four belts and went to Heavyweight so it limited the number of belts available for the tournament then added with poor sales, and the organisers once again struggling to sell the TV rights mean it will almost certainly not being returning for a third season, which personally I think is a real shame but if it isn’t being done right maybe it shouldn’t be done at all.
We may never know the real reasons why it failed to get off the ground but as there is still an active tournament I may get back to breaking this fight down.Donaire’s first fight was against the talented Adam Booth fighter Ryan Burnett but due to a freak injury to Burnett in the fourth round and many people thought he would not win that fight but it is what it is and he moved onto the next round.
Donaire is always a dangerous fighter who packs a punch and especially at Bantamweight which he competed at for roughly four years on and off and over that time he held a few world titles at that weight, again he would have been the underdog against Tete but he would be a clear favorite against Young in my eyes. Young hasn’t really been tested at world level yet and anytime he has fought an unbeaten fighter he lost and drew two fights but he is talking the right talk about this being his opportunity to shine but I am not sure if he is at that level yet to take this opportunity.
I personally only see one winner from this fight and that is Donaire but really the WBSS is losing out by it not being a Tete V Inoue final as that was the fight everyone wanted to see once the Bantamweight division was announced but Inoue still has to get past Rodriguez. and the question is can it survive without that final only time will tell.
So Im going to go in there against Stephon Young, and im going to do what i came here to do infront of the Lafayette fans, my friends and family…take my titles to the finals.
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— Nonito Donaire (@filipinoflash) April 26, 2019
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— World Boxing Super Series (@WBSuperSeries) April 26, 2019