MTK win EBU purse bid for Vincent Legrand v Jay Harris clash

RINGSIDE 13/03/2019

Jay Harris will challenge Vincent Legrand for the EBU flyweight title in Cardiff after MTK Global won the purse bids in Rome.

The undefeated Swansea star (15-0-KO8), who has already won the Commonwealth crown, will face French southpaw Legrand (29-0-KO17) in a clash between two of the best 112-lb fighters on the planet.

As he awaits news of a date and specific venue, Harris is thrilled by the prospect of fighting for such a prestigious title in front of his adoring home fans.

Harris said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to fight for such a title. It’s such an important belt and if I win it then it can put me in world title contention.

“I’ve seen that Legrande is very tall and correct and to be 29-0, you have to be a good fighter. I have to be at the top of my game to beat him and this fight will be very exciting. 

“I think home advantage is great and it gives a lot of people the chance to come watch a big title fight right on their doorstep.

“It shows that Wales is producing real talent with the likes of Liam Williams, Lee Selby, Chris Jenkins. Joe Cordina and more. We have a lot of great fighters and know it’s getting recognised 

“I think it has to be world title contention after this but we will just have to wait and see.”

Harris was last in action on the #MTKFightNight in Cardiff on March 1, when he outclassed Brett Fidoe.

MTK Global signed a ground-breaking broadcast deal with Top Rank and ESPN earlier in the week.