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Silver lining for Lerena

Kevin Lerena, left, with Hekkie Budler and Ryno Liebenberg, who all fight at Emperors Palace on February 4.

It’s just as well that Kevin Lerena is training hard during the holiday season.

The ambitious cruiserweight, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, is being lined up to fight for the WBC International cruiserweight silver belt – but first he must prevail at Emperors Palace.

On February 4, he faces Namibian hard man Vikapita Meroro, after which he is being shipped to the US. Post-Emperors, he will fight on a Banner Promotions bill in America, probably in late March, an opportunity given greater cachet now that promoter Rodney Berman has secured an agreement with the WBC. Mauro Sulaiman, the WBC president, has given his commitment to clear the way for the title to be on the line.

Naturally, this will come to naught if Lerena fails to get past Meroro. He needs to get in and do the business, preferably in some style.

“I’ve made no bones about my intention to make Kevin a star,” said Berman, who is plugging into the worldwide revival of interest in the cruiserweight division. “He’s on the cusp of a big breakthrough and Golden Gloves will be pushing him hard.”




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