Briton Kieron Conway will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental Super Welterweight belt against French boxer Souleymane Cissokho on Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the event featuring Saul Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders’ unification fight.
The bout will be one of the most important on the card and will bring together two rising fighters looking to take a big step in their careers and get closer to a world title shot.
Conway won the regional belt last August when he defeated Navid Mansouri by unanimous decision in Brentwood, England. The 25-year-old boxer returned to the ring in December to defeat Macaulay McGowan in a non-title fight and will now appear in the United States during one of the year’s biggest media nights in defense of his belt.
Cissokho, who is 29 years old, will be making his first fight for a regional belt. The Senegalese-born French boxer has defeated some important veterans such as Carlos Molina and Dmitry Mikhaylenko, who were important tests for him.
Both will complete the various pre-fight activities during the week, and on Friday they will step on the scales to weigh 154 pounds. Conway has a record of 16 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, and 3 KOs. Cissokho’s record is 12 wins, is undefeated, and has 8 KOs.