Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) and Artur Mann (17-1, 9 KOs) both looked in incredible shape as they performed media workouts today ahead of their IBF and Ring Magazine World Cruiserweight Title showdown on Saturday night.
“I’m feeling good. My training has gone well and I’m looking forward to the fight,” said Briedis. “It’s going to be a special feeling walking out in front of my supporters at the Arena Riga again. I’m not expecting an easy fight. I know Artur Mann is a dangerous boxer. I will need to be at my best to beat him but I have trained hard and I am ready to defend my titles.”
Briedis returns to the ring for the first time following his spectacular win over Yuniel Dorticos in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in September 2020, and the Latvian star can expect a tough test as he defends his belts against the former World Title challenger Mann from Germany.
With only days to go until their hotly-anticipated World Title contest, both men spoke to the media after an open training session in the Latvian capital.
“My training is over and I’m ready to fight,” said Mann. “I have been dreaming of this opportunity for a long time. Briedis is a very experienced boxer. I know it will be a tough fight but I am focused on what I need to do. This will be my biggest fight but I believe I can win. I am well trained and and I am ready.”