Dave Coldwell: “This is a huge opportunity for Lerrone, and it’s one I’m confident he will take.”

Dave Coldwell: “This is a huge opportunity for Lerrone, and it’s one I’m confident he will take.”

Dave Coldwell believes that Lerrone Richards will send a message to the world’s leading super-middleweights when he faces Carlos Gongora next month.

At the Manchester Arena on December 18th, Richards appears on the undercard of Joseph Parker’s rematch with Derek Chisora, and Coldwell is adamant his man will make a huge impression. 

Impressing on his climb up the rankings and collecting various titles along the way, Richards has slowly crept into world belt contention, and he can stake further claims with a win over Gongora.

The Ecuadorian has looked devastating in recent times, but Coldwell says his man will be fully prepared for the threat of the undefeated dangerman. 

“This is a huge opportunity for Lerrone, and it’s one I’m confident he will take,” said Coldwell. “I’ve looked at Gongora ad there’s no doubt he’s an incredibly good fighter who believes in himself. He’s been knocking guys over and he’ll fancy this job, but Lerrone is a fighter who I think can be special. He can show that in Manchester. 

“12st is a division that will become wide open if Canelo Alvarez makes his anticipated move to cruiserweight and I fully expect Lerrone to be in big world title fights next year. There’s big fight at home and abroad for him in 2022 but he must beat Gongora first and then we can look forward.”

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