Press Release: Former WBA and IBO bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (20-1) is the latest addition to the top-notch line-up for the bantamweight tournament in Season II of the World Boxing Super Series. The 34-year-old Payano (20-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic joins a field that already includes three reigning title holders. Payano gained the WBA super championship in 2014 by defeating Anselmo Moreno. He split two bouts with Rau'shee Warren in 2015 and 2016, the second fight a majority decision that cost him the WBA and IBO titles. Payano has won three straight since then.
“I am very happy to join the tournament, ecstatic to be very honest. Looking forward to regaining my championship positions,” said Payano. “It is great to see the best fighting the best and in the end being recognized as truly the best in the division.”
Payano believes he will be a dominant figure in the World Boxing Super Series. The southpaw nicknamed ‘Baby Pacquiao’ is on a mission: “I want to be recognized as the undisputed best. I want to prove that I am the best.”
“The bantamweight tournament will be nothing but exceptional,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland. “Payano is a former champion, an experienced fighter guaranteeing fast-paced action. He is another great addition to a star-studded Season II of the World Boxing Super Series.”
Three weight classes will feature in Season II of the World Boxing Super Series with two categories, 118 (bantamweight) and 140 (light welterweight) pounds, already announced.
Bantamweight field (5 of 8 announced):
Ryan Burnett, WBA super champion
Emmanuel Rodriguez, IBF champion
Zolani Tete, WBO champion
Juan Carlos Payano, former WBA super champion