Current World Boxing Federation (WBF) North American Champion Shawn Miller will attempt to take his career to the next level, as he travels to France to challenge reigning WBF World Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Averlant on Friday March 6 at the Salle du Palais des Sports in Saint-Quentin.
32-year-old Miller, from Troy, New York, brings a 14-1-1 (5) professional record and won the North American title in 2013 with a wide unanimous decision over Brooklyn´s Yasin Rashid. He has since made one defense, out-pointing the tough Frankie Filippone last August.
In Tony Averlant, 20-8-2 (4), he will be facing an experienced champion, who is not going to let his world title go easy having finally reached the top after coming up short in some of his biggest fights against top names.
After winning the European Union title in 2011, he dropped a split decision to Eduard Gutknecht for the European title in 2012, and the following year he was stopped by a vicious body-shot from current WBA world champion Juergen Braehmer.
A pro since 2006, he rebounded well from those defeats, and in May 2014 put on a wonderful performance to capture the WBF world crown, defeating 22-1 German co-challenger Serdar Sahin in a quality fight to realize his boyhood dream.
Averlant (30) has since been unable to defend his title due to stomach problems which required surgery, but after effective rehabilitation and a tough training camp he is now reportedly in excellent shape and more than ready to square off with Miller in front of his home-town fans.
The Tony Averlant vs. Shawn Miller WBF World Light Heavyweight title fight on March 6 in Saint-Quentin, France will be promoted by Pascal Cordier and Bleu Ciel Production. A capacity crowd is expected at the Palais des Sports.