The highly anticipated domestic grudge-match between Daniel Bruwer and Kevin Lerena for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Cruiserweight title on June 6 at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane, South Africa, is really heating up as the date nears.
Promoted by Real Steel Promotions, and labeled “Electric Storm”, the Supersport-televised show will also feature WBF World Cruiserweight Champion Danie Venter making his first title-defense, but it is probably the Bruwer-Lerena fight that is getting most attention among local boxing fans.
29-year-old Daniel “Billy The Kid” Bruwer (24-5-1, 21 KOs), the reigning WBF International titlist, is clearly the more seasoned fighter of the two, while WBF All Africa Champion Kevin Lerena (9-0, 6 KOs) at 22 is considered a man for the future.
But Lerena plans on taking over now, and has threatened to push Bruwer into retirement as he feels disrespected by the brash talk of his fellow countryman since the bout was announced in April:
“I usually don’t like to talk because talk is cheap, but I feel that I have to respond”, Lerena said in a recent interview with BDLive. “This will be the last time the boxing fraternity sees Daniel in competitive action!”
Lerena is confident that, despite his lack of experience compared to Bruwer, he has what it takes to win convincingly on June 6, saying:
“If Daniel wants to brawl, I will brawl with him; if Daniel wants to box, I will box him. He also does not hit hard enough to scare me. Daniel Bruwer’s plan will go up in smoke once he feels my power.”
“I’m going to hurt Daniel Bruwer. He’s been talking too much. When you talk too much it means you are worried. I have already beaten Daniel mentally.”