The WBA Super-Lightweight World Champion Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KOs), will put his titles on the line against former IBF champion Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24 KOs).
The fight will be apart of the World Boxing Super Serious tournament season II quarter-finals bout.
38-year-old Troyanovasky is excited to be in a title fight again. He was defeated in 2016 by then undefeated challenger Julius Indongo. It was a devastating first round knockout that cost him the IBF title in the process, however he was able to bounce back in 2017 with two victories over solid competition.
Relikh in May 2017 lost a controversial decision to Rances Barthelemy but earlier this year he avenged that lost. He ultimately denied the Cuban-born boxer of making history in becoming the first Cuban to ever win three titles in different weight classes.
This is a fight of contrasting styles which is why it’s an intriguing showdown.
Troyanovsky will have the height, reach and power advantage. He is also perhaps the better pure boxer. The only question that we wonder about is his chin.
Relikh is a dog and he has decent power but his main attribute is his relentlessness. He doesn’t discourage easy and can fight on the inside if necessary.
The winner moves one step closer to winning the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Both men are ready and eager to show their skill and prove who is the better man.
This is why we love boxing and why boxing is thriving in 2018.
By: Bo Bland