Kevin Lerena is too young‚ says camp of 40-year-old opponent
SA fighter, 27, defends his IBO cruiserweight title against Albanian veteran Sefer Seferi on Saturday
Kevin Lerena has been called various things in his boxing career‚ but being too young is not one of them.
The 27-year-old‚ who defends his IBO cruiserweight title against Germany-based Albanian veteran Sefer Seferi at Emperors Palace on Saturday night‚ came face to face with the 40-year-old challenger at a media conference on Tuesday.
One of Seferi’s entourage believed age was not on Lerena’s side.
“Kevin is a very good fighter‚ but he’s still very young.”
Well‚ maybe if he was a giant tortoise‚ but as a boxer the South African is in his prime.
Lerena’s skills have been questioned over the years‚ largely because of his lack of amateur experience‚ but not his youth. “I’ve never been called young before‚” he said with a laugh.
He is predicting a tough fight until he works out Seferi’s style and knocks him out.
“No fight is an easy fight at the top‚” said Lerena. “It gets harder every fight because the expectation gets more. And that’s where Kevin Lerena rises to the occasion.
“I’m looking forward to a very tough fight against Sefer Seferi‚” he said. But it would take him a couple of minutes to suss him out.
“I’m going for the stoppage‚” added Lerena‚ who has 23 wins and a loss to his name.
Seferi has been stopped only once in his career of 23 victories‚ two defeats and a draw‚ a fourth-round stoppage at the hands of heavyweight star Tyson Fury.
Lerena weighed in at 94.3kg and Seferi 90.55kg.
Lerena reiterated the decision to turn down the IBF title eliminator for this fight was justified‚ saying he would earn more than double facing Seferi.
The main undercard bout between Jabulani Makhense‚ defending his WBA Pan African welterweight title‚ and Matamba Marios has attracted the attentions of boxing purists.