The World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS), co-founded by CEO Terry Hollan and matchmaker Guy Taylor, today officially announced its “4-man lightweight tournament,” starting with the February 24 semi-finals in Mexico.
Location, competing boxers and streaming details will be announced soon.
“We are so happy to see this tournament finally become a reality,” said Guy Taylor, WCBS matchmaker. “It was much more difficult than expected due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions. It seemed that once one country’s ban was lifted, two more were. After talking to the CEO, we decided to do an All-Mexico Lightweight tournament featuring the best prospects available.
“I have always been passionate about the elements of the tournament. When we started the World Cup Boxing Series, we wanted to give boxing fans the opportunity to enjoy the same excitement that other sports fans can enjoy in tournaments and playoffs.
The “Boxing World Cup 4-Man Tournament” begins on February 24 with the semi-finals, played in 8-round matches, and ends with the 10-round championship final on June 2.
Several venues are heavily under consideration for the semi-finals as San Carlos, Los Mochis and Obregon have all actively pursued the opportunity to host Mexico’s premier boxing tournament in many years.
“We haven’t made our decision on the exact location yet,” Taylor added, “but I know which city we’re looking at closely. Wherever we go, that’s going to be the hottest ticket in town.”
Although the names of the competing fighters have not been officially announced, several reports have mentioned that one of the main contenders is Mexico’s lightweight prospect, undefeated Luis “Koreano” Torres (14-0, 10 KOs), the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Lightweight Champion.
“Knowing Taylor’s aggressive matchmaking style,” noted Hollan, CEO of WCBS, “his fights are just electric and entertaining, and he can even take it up a notch or two for this tournament.”