According to BoxingScene.com, the teams of the first heavyweight fighters (up to 90.7 kg), the Belgian Riad Merhi (29-1-0, 24 KO) and the South African Kevin Lerena (26-1-0, 13 KO), are in their final stages. negotiations.
If successful, the fight for the “regular” WBA title belonging to Merhi will take place 17th July in Brussels.
Recall that initially the WBA appointed a fight between Merhi and the Cuban ex-champion Junier Dorticos, but his team refused to fight in Belgium.
The Belgian has not boxed since October 2019, when he knocked out undefeated Hungarian Imre Sello (24-1-0, 16 KO) in the fight for the “interim” title in the 7th round. Lerena in December at home made an intermediate performance, in the framework of the heavyweight division ahead of schedule stopping in the 5th round an unknown American Patrick Ferguson (17-3-1, 13 KO).