WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Ropes In South Africa’s Kevin Lerena for Title Unification Prep

WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Ropes In South Africa’s Kevin Lerena for Title Unification Prep

Byron Pillay
updated at January 8, 2024 at 3:22 PM
  • Tyson Fury has handpicked South Africa's Kevin Lerena to help him train for his upcoming title bout
  • Fury will fight Oleksandr Usyk in February to unify the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles
  • Lerena is the WBC Interim Bridgerweight champion and will fight Lucasz Rozanski for the main belt

2024 promises to be a big year for South Africa’s Kevin Lerena.

2 Guns will look to become the new WBC Bridgerweight champion by defeating Lukasz Rozanski, but he could further cement his legacy by helping Tyson Fury make history.

Tyson Fury has roped in Kevin Lerena to help him prepare for Oleksandr Usyk.
South Africa's Kevin Lerena has been handpicked by Tyson Fury to help him for his title unification bout. Image: Justin Setterfield/ Zac Goodwin.
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Fury, the WBC Heavyweight champ, will fight Usyk on February 17 to unify the titles. Usyk holds the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

Fury ropes in South Africa's Lerena

In order to get ready for a fight against the southpaw champion, Fury has brought in Lerena to help him prepare. Lerena, who is the WBC’s Interim Bridgerweight champion, is also a southpaw and was a former cruiserweight champion like Usyk.

The Sun reported that Fury approached the South African for help in December 2022.

Rodney Berman's praise for Lerena

2 Guns, who has long been one of South Africa’s best boxers, is now getting a chance to earn major acclaim.

Rodney Berman, the CEO of Golden Gloves, said it would be no surprise to see Lerena’s name on the fight card as well.

Lerena tips Fury to beat Usyk

The South African also recently discussed the upcoming fight, discussing each boxer’s strengths and strategy going into the bout.

He also tipped Fury to win the fight and unify the titles.

Lerena becomes WBC Interim Bridgerweight champion

Sports Brief previously reported how Kevin Lerena became the new WBC Interim Bridgerweight champion of the world.

The South African put on a performance to remember as he outclassed Senad Gashi in their main event at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng.

2 Guns went into the title fight as the favourite, and he proved why with a flawless performance against the German boxer.

Fury calls Usyk a 'little sausage'

Tyson Fury doesn't hold back his punches and doesn't mince his words, Sports Brief previously reported.

The WBC Heavyweight champion defended his title against Derek Chisora and immediately called out his next opponent.

Fury and Usyk will fight in a title unification bout, with Usyk holding the WBA, WBO and IBF titles and Fury holding the WBC title.

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Byron Pillay
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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