Luck collides with Lerena’s US launch

Provided Kevin Lerena does the business against Sergio Ramirez later this month, he could be handed a special opportunity on June 10.

Not only is he slated to fight on Boo Boo Andrade’s first title defence on that date in America, but it will be held on the weekend of the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions.

Among the inductees this year are the trio of greats Marco Antonio Barrera, Evander Holyfield and the late Johnny Tapia.

Upstate New York is a hive of activity on Hall of Fame weekend and making it even better is that the tournament venue, the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, is a mere 16km from Canastota, where the Hall of Fame is based.

“Many important people will be in town, so there’s a great opportunity for Kevin. His looks, speed and ability make him a great package. All he needs to do is turn it on and the world will be his oyster,” predicted Rodney Berman, at the same time conceding that the first order of business is at Emperors Palace on April 23.