South Africa’s Kevin Lerena to Battle Germany’s Senad Gashi for Interim WBC Bridgerweight Title

South Africa’s Kevin Lerena to Battle Germany’s Senad Gashi for Interim WBC Bridgerweight Title

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Kevin Lerena will challenge for the WBC's Interim Bridgerweight title at Emperor's Palace
  • South Africa's Lerena will face Geman boxer Senad Gashi for a chance to be a co-champion
  • Gashi boasts an impressive knockout ratio and promises the fight won't go the distance

Kevin ‘Two Guns’ Lerena is on the verge of winning a WBC title.

The South African star will fight Germany’s Senad Gashi for the interim WBC Bridgerweight title at Emperor’s Palace.

Lerena is the favourite going into the fight as he looks to add his name to the record books.

Kevin Lerena and Senad Gashi
Kevin Lerena will face off against Senad Gashi for the Interim WBC Bridgerweight title. Image: @WorldSportsBet.
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As noted by SuperSport, 2 Guns is the first South African boxer to challenge for a WBC title since Dingaan Thobela in 2000.

Lerena will be looking to join the likes of Thulani ‘Sugarboy’ Malinga and Thobela as South Africans who have won a WBC title.

Gashi promises a finish

Gashi is two years older than Lerena but has already notched up a record of 26 wins in 35 fights.

As noted by IOL, he promised that the fight wouldn’t go to the judges’ decisions, as he aimed to finish it before then. While Gashi boasts a 96 per cent knockout ratio, Lerena’s KO ratio is only 48%.

Who is the current WBC Bridgerweight champion?

While Lerena and Gashi will fight for the interim title, the current champion, Lukasz Rozanski, also has a fight on his hands.

The Polish boxer will have to face Badou Jack before February 2024, Essentially Sports reported, before he can fight the winner of Gashi and Lerena. Jack was the WBC Cruiserweight World, but opted to relinquish the title so that he could challenge for the Bridgerweight belt.

Lerena fights for the heavyweight title

Sports Brief previously reported that Kevin 'Two Guns' Lerena was looking to make heavyweight boxing history in London in December.

The South African boxer took on Britain’s Daniel Dubois for the WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight Title on December 3 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The WBC heavyweight title bout between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora headlined the card, with Fury once again retaining the belt.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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