Throwback Thursday brings us to Nicosia, Cyprus when Bigger’s Better launches its debut episode live on Eurosport network in prime time on Friday, May 7, 2010.
Promoters Jean-Christophe Courreges, Stephane Cabrera and Jean-Philippe Listyk go to the roots of boxing recalling the 1909 London sporting club rule. Bigger’s Better abides by 1920 NY athletic commission like law. There is no cruiserweight class. There is one complete division, from light heavyweight to super heavyweight. Fighters from the minimum weight of 82 kg may face off the 130 kg opposition. Is bigger always better?
Bigger’s Better is an 8-man knockout tournament. The fighters from different disciplines compete in the three-round matches. The winner takes all and advances to the super finale which is the culmination of the season: Bigger’s Better King.
The first Bigger’s Better show airs live on Eurosport from Pavilion Nicosia. Chris Christodoulou is the local promoter in Cyprus. Georgios Sarianidis of Greece coordinates the event. The supervisor is Emil Irimia of Romania. Jason Collins of Great Britain is a host. Parviz Iskenderov provides media coverage out of Australia. Referees of the bouts are Vladimir Kondov of Bulgaria and Ralko Djajic of Serbia.
Special guest at the event is Don Turner. Legendary boxing trainer out of the United States celebrates his 71st birthday.
In the quarter-finals Alexander Timanov of Russia earns points decision over Jacek Puchacz of Poland. Mairis Briedis of Latvia eliminates local Panagiotis Diakos in Round 1. Also in the first round Pavel Zhuravlev of Ukraine KO’s Miodrag “Pele” Petkovic of Serbia. Gbenga Oloukun of Germany stops Florin Nazare of Romania in Round 3.
The semi-finals see another rapid victory for Brieids. He stops Timanov in one round. Zhuravlev vs Oloukun goes another direction. After three complete rounds Ukrainia takes the decision.
The finale squares Mairis Briedis and Pavel Zhuravlev. The bout goes on distance. As a result Latvian boxer becomes the first winner of the first Bigger’s Better tournament. In addition the match plays a significant role in the development of the careers of both fighters.