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Felix Alvarado looking forward to fight, all set for IBF 108-pound title protection against DeeJay Kriel

Felix Alvarado eager for combat, all set for IBF 108-pound title defense towards DeeJay Kriel

by way of Anson Wainwright

huge-punching Felix Alvarado will put his IBF junior flyweight title on the line for the 2nd time when he meets DeeJay Kriel on the American airways middle in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.

Alvarado, who is rated No. 4 through The Ring at 108 kilos, is wanting to snap a 21-month enforced hiatus as a result of the pandemic.

“while these have been complex times, i’m happy to finally be defending my title,” Alvarado (35-2, 30 knockouts) told The Ring through his supervisor, William Ramirez. “For me here’s a extremely interesting bout due to the fact that it is my u.s. debut.

“I should be combating in opposition t an excellent (former IBF one hundred and five-pound) champion. I’ve worked complicated. I assume having my arm raised in victory.”

since we closing saw Alvarado protect his title via unanimous resolution, in opposition t Reiya Konisha in may 2019, he’s been blighted through unhealthy success.

“It has been a little frustrating,” he admitted. “i used to be scheduled to fight a unification bout at the end of ultimate year towards [WBC titleholder] Kenshiro [Teraji] and that bout changed into postponed as a result of me having a bronchial infection.

“[The Kriel] bout was scheduled for April, a plague hit and we’ve needed to wait such a very long time to get it accomplished. besides the fact that children, I thank God that my household and i have been capable of break out the COVID-19 virus and that ultimately this bout will get executed.”

The 31-year-ancient turned into philosophical when discussing what his South African opponent brings to the table.

“as a result of the lengthy layoff, I actually have had time to peer some of his fights,” mentioned Alvarado. “After gaining knowledge of him, there are some issues we see, and that i’m certain there are some things he sees.

“besides the fact that children, i know all fights are diverse, and often changes need to be made during the battle. however, in the conclusion, I’m certain we can each put ahead our most fulfilling and can the optimal man win.”

To prepare for this fight, Ramirez introduced his can charge over from Nicaragua to teach in Miami with widespread Cuban teach Osmiri Fernandez for 2 months. He then traveled to Las Vegas to educate alongside his twin brother, Rene, who will combat on the same card, for an additional two months. Alvarado then returned domestic and accomplished his practising under the expert eye of historical sage Luis Cortes, famed for his work with the late, wonderful Alexis Arguello.

“every little thing has been fairly good enough,” stated Alvarado, who arrives in Dallas on December 30. “these 4 months were a great adventure for me. we’ve had entry to the fitness center with an awful lot quarantine protocol. I may be able to combat.”

Ramirez is longing for seeing his fighter perform on the big stage.

“Felix has looked basically respectable in his workouts and sparring,” observed Alvarado’s handler. “I wouldn’t be stunned to see an early knockout, but we’re in fact ready for 12 rounds.”

Kriel became professional in 2014. He misplaced his debut however rebounded to win the rematch and 13 of his next 14 fights in South Africa. He was then given the probability to forge a brand new career in the us and, in his first day out stateside, came from behind to cease Carlos Licona in the last round to win the strawweight title. The 25-12 months-ancient, who sports a 16-1-1 (8 KOs) checklist, turned into unable to make weight following that win and stepped as much as junior flyweight.

The DAZN telecast should be headlined with the aid of Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell and will also include Rene Alvarado vs. Roger Gutierrez. the printed will start at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT eight p.m. (GMT).

Questions and/or comments can also be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you may follow him on Twitter @AnsonWainwright

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