As Tyson Fury looks to defend his WBC belt for the third time against Derek Chisora, there are a few familiar faces that will appear on the bottom card.
The first was Daniel Dubois’ match (18-1) against South African Kevin Lerena (28-1). This will be the British heavyweight’s first regular WBA title defense and possibly his biggest challenge since fighting Joe Joyce.
Lerena has a great track record on paper, but much of it is against lower standards of opposition. However, he recently claimed his best win to date, outpacing Mariusz Wach, who has trailed the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and Hughie Fury.
Meanwhile, Dubois has come a long way with the WBA and will look forward to a WBA (Super) World title if he can hold onto his regular title for the next twelve months or so. than.
Despite losing to Joe Joyce, Dubois managed to get his career back on track and has a 94% knockout rate (17 KOs) in his 18 wins. All of those kills came in the first half of his game, suggesting he could finish early in the undercard standout.
Manchester Evening News also revealed that French player Yvan Mendy (47-5-1) who beat Luke Campbell will return to England and face undefeated Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk (16-0). This will be Mendy’s first defense of the EBU lightweight title since he won the title for the second time in April.
Berinchyk won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and has beaten the likes of Jeff Horn and Anthony Yigit in the amateurs but has no prominent name in his professional record. In fact, the 34-year-old’s most notable win was against former UFC fan favorite Artem Lobov in a hand-to-hand fight last year.
Promising 22-year-old light-heavyweight athlete, Karol Itauma (8-0), looks for a fifth straight knockout win as he takes on Slovakian Vladimir Belujsky (12-5-1), who recently moved up in the weight class and fought Jack Cullen this year .
There are also names like Hosea Burton (27-3), Isaac Lowe (21-2-3) and highly regarded youngster Royston Barney Smith (3-0), whom John Fury compared to Vasily Lomachenko, however opponents have yet to be announced for these fights.
Full card so far
Daniel Dubois vs Kevin Lerena – WBA Heavyweight Championship (Normal)
Yvan Mendy vs Denys Berinchyk
Karol Itauma vs Vladimir Belujsky
Hosea Burton vs TBA
Isaac Lowe vs TBA
Royston Barney Smith vs. TBA
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