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What is the World Boxing Super Series? All you need to know as Ryan Burnett and Zolani Tete confirmed

By Gareth Hanna

Belfast boxer Ryan Burnett has been named as one of the confirmed fighters to take part in the upcoming World Boxing Super Series.

The WBA Super World Bantamweight title holder could get a much anticipated bout with WBO World Bantamweight king Zolani Tete. Also in the series will be exciting new IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez, who lifted the belt once held by Burnett at the weekend when punishing Paul Butler for 12 rounds.

But...

What is the World Boxing Super Series?

Essentially this new competition, which had a reputed prize fund of $50m in its first season, aims to bring together the reigning World champions from the four organisations that run professional boxing, as well as four other ranked boxers and put them together in a 'champion of champions' tournament in a specific weight division.

Each boxer's World titles are put on the line and also up for grabs in the final is the Muhammad Ali Trophy, an accolade that the WBSS describes as the "GREATEST prize in boxing".

Season two will include three weight divisions. Eight boxers will take part in each with 12-round quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final being fought, beginning in September this year. The quarter-final draw is due to take place in July.

The inaugral WBSS kicked off in September 2017 and comes to a head soon. The current series included two weight classes (Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight) with the two finals coming up as George Groves fights Callum Smith for the Super Middleweight trophy and Oleksandr Usyk takes on Vsmurat Gassiev at Cruiserweight.

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