Top welterweight contender Kerman “The Revolver” Lejarraga (26-0, 21 KOs), of Bilboa, Spain, will enter the ring today in front of his legion of homeland fans to defend his EBU European Welterweight Title against England’s Frankie Gavin (26-3, 15 KOs) in the 12-round main event from the BEC Bizkaia Arena. The highly anticipated clash will be broadcast in the United States and can be viewed starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on ESPN+.
Rapidly becoming one of the sport’s most talked about fighters, the all-action, 26-year-old has knocked out 11 of his last 12 opponents. In 2018, Lejarraga has compiled two outstanding victories by knockout, against Bradley Skeete and Johnny Navarrete. He is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and MGZ Promotions and is currently world ranked by all four major sanctioning bodies; #4 by the WBC, #5 by the IBF, #8 by the WBA and #10 by the WBO.
The southpaw Gavin, one of England’s most highly decorated amateurs and a member of the country’s 2008 Olympic Team, has won three in a row since losing a WBC International title fight to Sam Eggington on October 22, 2016.
“Today will be a great introduction for American boxing fans to see Spain’s Kerman Lejarraga, one of the most explosive welterweights in the world,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “A huge crowd will be in attendance and I expect an electric atmosphere when Kerman steps into the ring. I thank my partners at MGZ Promotions for the great job they have been doing with Kerman. After he takes care of business, we will begin to build Lejarraga in the United States in 2019. Make sure to tune into ESPN+ today at 3pm ET.”
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Spain’s best-kept pugilistic secret is ready to impress American fight fans. Kerman “Revolver” Lejarraga, the big-punching welterweight with the signature rat tail hairdo, will defend the European welterweight title against longtime contender Frankie Gavin on Saturday evening from the BEC Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain.
Lejarraga-Gavin will headline a card that will stream live and exclusively in the United States beginning at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN
The Lejarraga-Gavin main event is expected to start around 5:30 p.m. ET. In one of the undercard bouts, lightweight contender Roberto Ramirez (18-2-1, 13 KOs), coming off a stunning knockout win against former lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin, will face Oscar Amador (10-8, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder.
Lejarraga (26-0, 21 KOs) is a five-year pro who has fought all but one of his professional fights in Spain. His breakthrough performance came earlier this year against former British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete, who entered the bout with a 27-1 record. In a brutal exhibition of power punching, Lejarraga knocked Skeete down three times in the second round to capture the vacant European title. Lejarraga has knocked out 11 of his past 12 opponents and is ranked in the top 10 by all four major sanctioning organizations.
Gavin (26-3, 15 KOs) is one of the most decorated amateurs in recent British history, having won a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships before qualifying for the 2008 Olympics. A former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion, Gavin won the first 19 bouts of his career before dropping a 2014 split decision to Leonard Bundu for the European title. He has won three straight fights since an eighth-round stoppage loss to Sam Eggington. Gavin, a crafty southpaw, represents perhaps the stiffest test of Lejarraga’s young career.
In other action, Jon Miguez (8-0, 5 KOs) will fight Abdessamad Nechchad (8-1-1, 0 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight fight. And, in an eight rounder for the vacant Spanish featherweight title, Ibon Larrinaga (11-2, 2 KOs) will face Carlos Ramos (9-1, 6 KOs).