South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg (15-0) faces the man who ended Zsolt Erdei‘s undefeated run of 33 fights when he takes on the battle tested Denis Grachev (13-3-1). Victory at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday will elevate Liebenberg into the elite strata of the burgeoning light-heavyweight mix & potentially opens up a plethora of sell-able match-ups down the line.
The light-heavyweight scene shows signs of having the potential to elevate itself from the sport’s current malaise. The current Top 10 light heavyweights present perhaps the most compelling competitive space in the sport with quality in depth bettered perhaps only by the welterweight, junior welterweight & super middleweight divisions:
And whilst that rarest of modern boxing concepts of championship unification seems a step closer to fruition with the WBA, IBF & WBO straps on the line when Hopkins meets Kovalev on 8 November it remains to be seen whether boxing’s faltering functionality can lead to a true undisputed champion with the winner facing Adonis Stevenson.