The great evening of boxing scheduled for this Friday (from 8:00 p.m.) at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla is here, with the return of Kerman Lejarraga. The presentation of this event, as always with a very cinematic set design, took place in the San Mamés press room.
The Morga champion, at the end of the long-awaited evening, faces ten rounds against the dangerous Metcalf for the vacant WBA Continental Super Welterweight belt. The Biscayan has the key to better position himself for a possible world title. “I have a lot of confidence in the work we have done and in Kerman. But we will have to tread carefully because James Metcalf (Liverpool, 33 years old, 22-2-0, 14 KO) is going to come with everything and he is a great rival who cannot be taken lightly. I expect a tough fight that we know how to resolve«, advances Ibon Larrinaga, coach of the 'Revólver'.
Metcalf stated that “I have made changes to the corner and corrected some things. I don't think the Kerman who has trained in Las Vegas is any different than before. I know that his people will be cheering him on». The one from Morga expressed that this fight “is special because I fight with James, it is as if it were a world championship. I know what I'm going to have because I trained with him when he was a welterweight." Regarding the camp in Las Vegas, he highlighted «the sparring. It's like a fight. There I have worked a lot on technique.
The bullets will whistle again in Miribilla, where the faithful fans of Kerman Lejarraga will be present and eager. “I see Metcalf as very professional. He was already a great boxer before, but he has changed teams and we will see an even better version. We have to go one hundred percent, and for that we have made the sacrifice of spending two months away from home in Las Vegas. He plays us a great rival in an improved version », warns Larrinaga.
In addition, at 25 years old and undefeated in 16 fights, the Castro Urdiales-based welterweight from Getxo, Jon Míguez (The Good Boy), will take part for the first time in a major event promoted by Matchroom and televised worldwide by DAZN. Míguez does not feel pressure to face Englishman James Moorcroft (Wigan, 29 years old) for eight rounds. "I'm really looking forward to it and the preparation has gone very well. We're coming off a 12-round fight very recently in March. It has meant getting back into the routine of the previous preparation. I've had good sparring, good feelings, wanting to fight on that platform against an opponent like James. We have a plan A, a B and a plan C. I encourage all the fans of Bilbao, of Castro, of the surroundings, to come to the event. It will be a great evening with international fights. I'm going to give it my all," Miguez said.
Another attraction is the fight between Rikar Urrutia, 25, from Biscay, and 31-year-old Amatrian from Navarra. This super lightweight fight, over six rounds, is one of those that generates expectation in boxing circles about the possible winner. Mungia's man has kept zero in his losing locker since he made his debut at Club Deportivo de Bilbao in December 2019.
In addition, Ángel Moreno from Madrid faces Jairo Noriega from Extremadura for the European flyweight championship at the Bilbao Arena. It will be the third time that Moreno fights for the blue belt. On his side, the puncher Fran Mendoza, in an eight-round fight at the limit of the super bantamweight, will face the 30-year-old Nicaraguan Alexander Mejía.
David Diamante, one of the great speakers in the world of boxing, will give voice to the evening. A week ago he was the ring announcer for Canelo vs. Bivol in Las Vegas. He was a court announcer for the New York Nets, a DJ in the Big Apple and is one of the most prestigious speakers in the world.