Richar Abril title defence set for Helsinki, Finland in September

WBN has been informed this weekend that WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril will finally make his first official defence of the title on September 20 in Finland against Edis Tatli.

Abril, 31, had been strongly linked to fights in the UK against Kevin Mitchell or Anthony Crolla, although those potential deals failed to reach the signing stage and the Cuban turned his attention to undefeated Tatli instead.

Not one to shy away from a fight, Abril has agreed to face undefeated Kosovan Tatli in his new adopted home of Helsinki, according to attorney Greg Bloom, as he aims to prove he belongs up there with the best 135lbers on the planet.

The contest will end an eighteen month ring absence for Abril when he returns in the autumn as he goes up against a challenger with the same 23-0 record as his last opponent Sharif Bogere. Abril defeated Bogere on points in March 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas despite suffering cuts over both eyes – which have now been given plenty of time to heal.

Tatli is largely untested though, having fought most of his seven-year career in his native Finland and was put down in his last fight as the 26 year-old overcame Italian Antonio De Vitis via an eighth round TKO in May.

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