JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Kevin Lerena is the odds on favourite when he makes the fifth defence of his IBO cruiserweight belt against the 40-year-old Sefer Seferi of Albania at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old Lerena 23-1; 10 who fights from the southpaw won the vacant IBO cruiserweight belt on a split decision against Youri Kayembre (23-3) in a hard-fought encounter at Emperors Palace in September 2017 and has made successful defences against Dmytro Kucher (ud 12), Roman Golovashchenko (ud 12), Artur Mann (tko 4) and Vasil Ducar (ud 12) all at Emperors Palace, except for the win over Golovashchenko which was in Baku.
The only loss on Lerena’s record came against Johnny Muller on points in November 2014.
However, in a return match in April 2016 he stopped Muller in the 10th round in a clash for the vacant WBA Pan African cruiserweight title.
Lerena is rated at No 5 by the WBC, No 6 by the WBA and at No 11 by the IBF according to the ratings on Fightnews.com.