Daniel Dubois will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight title against South African Kevin Lerena this Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham, London.
The WBA champion will step into the ring to try to retain his crown and he will do it at home, which means a lot to him as he begins his journey as champion. Dubois is one of the most accomplished young fighters in the heavyweight ranks and has overcome obstacles to get to the position he is in today.
His loss to Joe Joyce in November 2020 was a major blow for the 25-year-old fighter. However, Dubois took a break and returned to the ring midway through 2021. Since then he has won three fights in a row, including his most recent against Trevor Bryan, against whom he won the black and gold belt.
Kevin Lerena, a 30-year-old South African who is going into the most important fight of his career, will try to hurt Dubois on the night. The southpaw is the Intercontinental champion and hasn’t lost a fight since 2014, which has given him a title shot.
Dubois comes into the fight with a record of 18 wins, 1 loss and 17 knockouts. Lerena has 28 wins, 1 loss and 14 knockouts.