Farrag joins Dickens on June 4 bill, defends European belt at home

Julien Marique

Liverpool’s Ryan Farrag is set to make the first defence of his European bantamweight title against former champion Karim Guerfi this summer.

The fight between Farrag and Guerfi is pencilled in to take place on June 4 at the Echo Arena and joins the recently confirmed Jazza Dickens v Abigail Medina EBU clash on the same Merseyside bill.

Farrag claimed the title when the 28 year-old travelled to Belgium last October to dethrone Stephane Jamoye and prove his abilities as a top contender on the world 118 pound scene.

The only loss on Farrag’s impressive 15-fight C.V came against current IBF title holder Lee Haskins in a three-round Prizefighter bout way back in 2011 and a rematch could well be in the offing at some point in the future.

Prior to the Guerfi match-up, Farrag warms up this Saturday night at the very same arena against young Bulgarian also-ran Stefan Slavchev.

Opponent Guerfi, 29, held the coveted blue belt briefly by defeating the same foe as Farrag when ousting Jamoye by a majority decision, once again in Belgium.

Guerfi would lose the championship in his very first defence when knocked out by Zhanat Zhakiyanov and will begin as a clear underdog to overcome Farrag.