Cedric Bellais and George Hillyard square-off in Tahiti on June 27

Professional boxing takes center stage on French Polynesian island Tahiti, when local man Cedric Bellais faces United Kingdoms George Hillyard for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Super Middleweight title on Saturday June 27.

They will fight at the Salle Babo Aitamai in beautiful Fautaua near the city of Papeete, on a show promoted by AS Te U´ino Manotahi, and sanctioned by the French Professional Boxing Federation (FFB).

26-year-old Bellais, who has a professional record of 17-6-3 (7), was born in Tahiti but has spend much of his career fighting in France. Exactly half of his bouts has taken place in France, while the other half were fought in French Polynesia.

George “Hit Hard” Hillyard (30) is a former British Masters Champion from the Canning Town district in East London, and brings a 12-6-1 (6) record in the paid ranks. This will be his first fight outside of the United Kingdom, since turning pro in 2005.

Not only the WBF Intercontinental title will be at stake, as the winner could be in line to fight for the WBF World title, currently held by Germany’s Bernard Donfack, who is set to defend the title on August 7 in Columbia against Alexander Brand.