Lewis Benson to face tough test in Renald Garrido on June 22

RINGSIDE 06/06/2019

Lewis Benson will bid to continue his resurgence against renowned Frenchman Renald Garrido on #MTKFightNight in Glasgow on June 22 – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV.

‘Kid Caramel’ (11-2, 2 KOs) bounced back from narrow points defeats to Tyrone McKenna and Johnny Coyle by outclassing Zoltan Szabo at the Emirates Arena in March and now steps up towards title level in an eight-round contest.

In Garrido (24-23-3, 6 KOs), he faces one of the boxing world’s most entertaining characters who’s never been stopped; detaining the likes of McKenna, Jack Catterall and Frankie Gavin in the past. The Marseille resident had been due to face Gary Cully in Belfast only for injury to force the withdrawal of the Naas star.

Benson, though, is ready to showcase himself to an American TV audience in style.

The Edinburgh super-lightweight said: “I’m looking forward to this fight. Garrido’s style should bring out the best in me and it’ll be one the fans can enjoy.

“A boxer against a fighter is always intriguing to watch so it should be a spectacle for those there and the ESPN+ and iFL TV viewers.

“As an opponent, Garrido is made for me. I’m known for being a great boxer. My movement is key and while he normally only loses split decisions, I’m looking to win every round convincingly to set up an even bigger fight.”

Topping a stellar bill in Glasgow is the sensational Lee McGregor, who defends the Commonwealth bantamweight crown against fellow Scot Scott Allan, with Kieran Smith defending the WBC International Silver super-welterweight crown against Ivan Montero and recent world title challenger Muhammad Waseem looking to steal the show.