WBA lightweight champion Richard Abril recently surprised some with his decision to put the belt up against undefeated unknown quantity Edis Tatli on September 20. Abril, 31, is set to travel to Tatli’s hometown in Helsinki, Finland for his long-awaited second defense, but the Cuban himself has no worries about meeting the 23-0 challenger in front his own fans.
“It’s not something that worries me. I’ve always been a fighter to fight in other people’s backyard,” Abril told World Boxing News.
“I have other options, with some from the UK, but I really don’t know what happened – I just know they fell through. I can tell you that I will fight anyone anywhere that’s why I am fighting Tatli.
“I don’t know too much about him. I have just seen some video, but obviously he is undefeated that’s all I know. I’m looking forward to fighting him in Finland though and retaining my title.”
With some huge matches of offer at 147lbs, Abril added that a move up in weight could happen if the right offer came around.
“Although I am comfortable at my weight, of course I will move up in weight to fight the likes of Mayweather or Manny, those are the fights everybody dreams of,” said Abril.
Opponent Tatli has gradually moved up in class over the past twelve months, and has to his credit, does have victories over fringe contender Antonio De Vitis and ex-world champion Mzonke Fana.
Stepping up to face Abril will be a different proposition altogether for the rising 26 year-old, although as win could put Tatli on the 140lb map and interest some of the other title holders for a potential unification.
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