Mairis Briedis disposes of Artur Mann in three rounds!
On October 16, IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19KOs) returns to the ring against Artur “Thunderman” Mann (17-1, 9KOs). This will be Briedis’ first fight since he defeated Yuniel Dorticos last September in the WBSS Cruiserweight Final. He would also pick up the IBF title via a majority decision. The 36-year-old originally had plans on a unification bout with WBO champion Lawrence “The Sauce” Okolie (17-0, 14KOs), but those plans didn’t materialize.
The man that’ll be standing in the opposite corner is a relatively unknown commodity. Hailing from Germany, Artur Mann will be a significant underdog. Plagued by inactivity himself, having not fought in over a year, he would stop Rad Rashid in three rounds in June of 2020. In March of 2019, he was stopped in four rounds by Kevin Lerena.
After a slow opening round from the champion, things would get easier moving forward in the fight. Briedis flipped the switch, completely turning on his offense. He would score the first of three knockdowns in round two! Round three would be the closing of the show as the champ dropped his overmatched opponent with two body shots! That latter would cause the referee to call a stop to the action.
This performance was expected considering how talented the multi-time cruiserweight champion is.
With this fight now behind him, what will be next on the docket for Briedis? He certainly has options. A unification fight with fellow hard-hitting and unbeaten WBO champion Lawrence “The Sauce” Okolie (17-0, 14KOs) is the one to make, if both men can come to an agreement. There are also other unification opportunities against WBC champion Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25KOs) and WBA champion Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18KOs).
Regardless of what’s next for the IBF champion, he has options for marquee fights in his division.
By: Jerrell Fletcher