South Africa’s cruiserweight champions of the International Boxing Organisation, Kevin Lerena, will make a fourth defence of his title at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday evening.
His opponent, Vasil Ducar of the Czech Republic, is a mixed martial artist and is unbeaten in the boxing ring after eight professional bouts. Lerena is one of South Africa’s favourite and most certainly busiest boxers right now.
He defeated German Artur Mann in March, and is back in the ring less than three months later.
“Training has been very good. I fought in March against Mann. I knocked Arthur Mann out in the fourth round in March so it hasn’t been a long layoff which is nice. So it has been quick turn-around between fights so I’m ready, I’m ready to fight,” says Lerena.
His opponent, Vasil Ducar, is an inexperienced professional boxer with only eight fights under his belt. But the 29 year-old form the Czech Republic is a former mixed martial artist who should be a tougher test for Lerena.
“Tough competitor Vasil Ducar is. I look forward to the challenge and his gonna bring something different to the table but I’m one hundred percent prepared and one hundred percent ready,” says Lerena.
Ducar has been in South Africa for a while, and is acclimatized and ready for the biggest night of his boxing career.
There will be six fights on the under card at Emperor’s Palace on Saturday evening, before the main bout between Lerena and Ducar.