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Belts on The Line
Current rankings @ Cruiserweight
When is Merhy vs Lerena?
Ryad Merhy is set to face Kevin Lerena on Saturday 17th July 2021 in Bruxelles-Capitale.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit will be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This contest is for the WBA cruiserweight championship of the world.
Merhy vs Lerena stats
Ryad Merhy steps into the ring with a record of 29 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Kevin Lerena will make his way to the ring with a record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 13 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Merhy has a massive power advantage over Lerena, boosting at 83% knock out percentage over Lerena's 50%.
Ryad Merhy is the younger man by 1 year, at 28 years old.
Ryad Merhy fights out of the orthodox stance, while Kevin Lerena is a southpaw.
Merhy is arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 1 year and 6 months later than Lerena, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He has fought 32 less professional rounds, 144 to Lerena's 176.
Kevin Lerena is currently ranked number 3 by the WBA, 11 by the IBF and 5 by the RING in the 200lb division.
Merhy vs Lerena form
Merhy has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he defeated Imre Szello on 19th October 2019 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Interim World Cruiserweight championship fight at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut, Belgium.
Previous to that, he had defeated Cesar David Crenz on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut.
Going into that contest, he had beat Samuel Clarkson on 15th December 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut.
Before that, he had won against Demetrius Banks on 20th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Country Hall de Liège, Liege.
He had beat Soso Abuladze on 29th June 2018 by knockout in the 6th round at Belleheide Center, Oost-Vlaanderen.
Lerena has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he defeated Patrick Ferguson on 19th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa.
Previous to that, he had defeated Firat Arslan on 8th February 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at EWS Arena, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Going into that contest, he had won against Sefer Seferi on 21st September 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa.
Before that, he had defeated Vasil Ducar on 8th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park.
Hehad beat Artur Mann on 16th March 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Emperors Palace, Gauteng.
In terms of recent activity, Kevin Lerena has been fighting more than Ryad Merhy.
Ryad Merhy last fought 1 year, 8 months and 3 days ago, while Kevin Lerena's last outing was 6 months and 3 days ago.
Merhy's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 24 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
Lerena's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 3 months and 6 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6 rounds on average.
What time does Merhy vs Lerena start?
The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM UTC at Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium, which is 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 PM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Merhy vs Lerena?
Kevin Lerena is currently (+100) to win the contest outright, while you can get (+100) on Ryad Merhy if you fancy the incredible upset.