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Rumour - World Boxing Super Series - New participants? US Tv Deal?

Lots of rumours being banded around about this years tournament

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Whilst boxing fans eagerly await news of this year's World Boxing Super Series. And Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of tournament organizer Comosa AG remain tight-lipped. This hasn't stopped the rumour mill from churning and potential competitors from announcing their intentions, although no formal announcements have been made. 

What we do know is that Bantamweight champions, Ryan Burnett (WBA 'Super'), Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF), Zolani Tete (WBO) & Naoya Inoue (WBA 'Regular) have all confirmed their participation. Those four names alone promise an exciting tournament with four names yet to be announced. Sauerland has teased an announcement imminently, yet the days pass with no more news. 

The super-lightweight tournament, however, remains shrouded in even more mystery. WBC 'interim' champion Regis Prograis has all but confirmed he will participate. Almost immediately after his WBO title win in Manchester last night, Maurice Hooker too claimed that he would be participating. And, if Ring Magazine is to be believed then providing Josh Taylor makes his way past Viktor Postol on June 23rd, then he too will be in the tournament. IntuBoxing also believes that WBA champion, Kiryl Relikh, and mandatory challenger, Eduard Troyanovsky will also be named as two participants. If all of these are confirmed this would leave three potential spots open. The IBF title remains vacant following Mikey Garcia's decision to vacate the title he won over Sergey Lipinets in March, one might speculate that the #1 and #2 ranked fighters could also be asked to join the tournament. Now, we've seen the success of the cruiserweight tournament, and in the coming months, we will crown a four-belt undisputed cruiserweight champion. For the same prestige to befall the super-lightweight title, the tournament would also require the WBC champion, Jose Ramirez. Ramirez picked up the title against Amir Imam in March, but promoter, Bob Arum seems reluctant to allow his charge to join, citing a lack of a US TV deal....

Speaking of which, its now being heavily suggested that Eddie Hearns deal with fledgeling streaming company DAZN could well be the answer to that conundrum. Fans in the US were left wanting for large parts of both inaugral tournaments as no US TV deal was in place. Richard Schaefer, Chairman of the Americas for Comosa AG heavily voiced his frustration about this, But has now confirmed that the new tournaments WILL be on US TV. 

This might well twist Arum's arm hard enough to let Ramirez participate.