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  Richards Ready To Conquer Europe

Lerrone Richards says he will be able to call himself a genuine world level contender if he captures the vacant European Super-Middleweight Title against former WBA World Champion Giovanni De Carolis at the AO Arena, Manchester this Saturday May 15, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the US and more than 200 countries and territories.

The undefeated Dave Coldwell-trained talent (14-0, 3 KOs) has cleaned up at domestic level, outpointing Tommy Langford to claim the Commonwealth and WBO International Titles in April 2019 before decisioning Birmingham's Lennox Clarke to add the vacant British Title to his growing collection in November 2019.

ĎSniper The Bossí began life as a Matchroom fighter with a wide points decision over Time Laine at The SSE Arena, Wembley last December, and the slick 28-year-old southpaw is confident he can make an impression on the world scene once he captures the European crown against Italyís De Carolis.

ďThe European Title is a belt that I have always wanted,Ē said Richards. ďI have always wanted to achieve things and do things the traditional way Ė British, Commonwealth and now European. Once Iíve won this Title then weíll start looking above, but my main focus in on the European Title. I canít wait to get in the ring and showcase my skills.

ďI know that Giovanni De Carolis is a former WBA Regular World Champion. Heís strong, he can box a bit and fight a bit. He can punch a little bit. Itís a good test for me. Heís very experienced as well. Itís not an easy fight Ė it will be a tough fight but itís a fight that I know I am capable of winning and winning well.

ďI just focus on what I do. Whatever happens on the night, happens. Youíve got to be able to adjust in the ring and Iím very good at doing that. When it comes to fighting opponents, I do what it takes to win the easiest way possible. If I have to walk someone down for 12 rounds, trust me Iíll do that. If I have to box on the back foot, pop and move to make the fight easier, then Iíll do that.

ďIíve just been solely focused on this fight. Winning this Title does bring a lot more opportunities for me. I can officially say Iím a world level contender after this fight. Iíll be in a position for bigger fights, which Iím very excited for. With my career Iíve always believed in stepping up. Stepping up the opposition and stepping up the levels in terms of belts. Iím going to continue doing so until I retire.

ďWhen it comes to skillset, trust me, Iím on a higher level. You can ask a lot of these world class fighters that Iíve sparred with. Theyíll tell you the same thing. With me now, itís about gaining experience and learning at every level. When I earn my opportunity at the world level, Iíll be able to showcase my abilities and get the win."

Richards vs. De Carolis is part of a huge night of boxing in Manchester, Joshua Buatsi (13-0, 11 KOs) fights under Virgil Hunter for the first time against unbeaten Frenchman Daniel Blenda Dos Santos (15-0, 8 KOs), three European Title fights feature on the bill with Gamal Yafai (18-1, 10 KOs) defending his Super-Bantamweight Title for the first time against Jason Cunningham (28-6, 6 KOs) and Tommy McCarthy (17-2, 18 KOs) defending his Cruiserweight crown against Romaniaís Alexandru Jur (19-4, 7 KOs), Dalton Smith (7-0, 6 KOs) takes on Lee Appleyard (16-5-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant English Super-Lightweight Title, Birmingham Heavyweight Solomon Dacres makes his professional debut and Ellis Hopkins makes history when she becomes the first female from the traveller community to turn professional.



 

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