World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Averlant will make his second title-defense on Friday February 19, when he takes on Kenyan challenger Daniel Wanyonyi at the Palais Des Sports in his hometown of Saint-Quentin, France.
Averlant, 22-8-2 (4), won the title with a unanimous decision over Germany´s Serdar Sahin in May 2014, and retained the crown by out-pointing American Shawn Miller last March. He has since been sidelined with injuries but returned to the ring in November with a non-title fight victory.
Now he is ready to step things up again, and in Wanyonyi, who also spots a record of 22-8-2 but has stopped eighteen of his foes, he will not be in for an easy ride. The 32-year-old from Nairobi has declared his intentions of not leaving things up to the judges on fight-night, saying:
“This is my life’s biggest opportunity, and I cant let it go to waste. I will knock Averlant out, and I will take the WBF world title back to Kenya and make my people proud!”
Wanyonyi turned professional in 2007, and won the Kenyan national title in 2012. In 2013 he added the East & Central Africa title, and in 2014 he traveled to Congo to defeat undefeated local hero Matamba Postolo (18-0) to win the African Boxing Union crown.
Having gone into his opponents country before and emerged victorious, Wanyonyi is not the slightest concerned that Averlant has an advantage in the home crowd:
“It is as the saying goes, the crowd will not be doing the fighting for him. In the ring it is just me and him, and when I won the ABU title the crowd was also cheering for my opponent. That didn’t help him at all, and the crowd will not be able to save Averlant from going down either.”
Tony Averlant vs. Daniel Wanyonyi will be promoted by Pascal Cordier.