It may be an unimaginable 24 hours for Welsh sport this weekend – and Jay Harris plans on enjoying his half in it when he faces Ricardo Sandoval in a last eliminator for the IBF flyweight title on Friday’s excellent #MTKFightNight.
The must-see card takes place on the College of Bolton Stadium this week and shall be broadcast dwell on ESPN+ in affiliation with Prime Rank and worldwide on IFL TV.
Swansea hero Harris (18-1, 9 KOs) faces Sandoval (18-1, 13 KOs) in the primary occasion, with the winner transferring a step nearer to a shot at IBF champion Sunny Edwards.
The next day, Wales performs of their Euro 2020 final 16 matches, and Harris hopes to do his bit by giving his proud nation a double celebration this weekend.
Harris mentioned: “I’m happy that this combat is lastly right here. It’s been a protracted camp, and I’ve been coaching for practically 4 months. It’s going to be a fantastic present, and the cardboard is unreal.
“I’m proud to be flying the flag for Wales. I’ve been watching Wales intently within the Euros, and it’s a giant achievement for them to be within the final 16. It’s an enormous weekend for Welsh sport. Wales play the day after my combat, so it’s hope it’s two huge wins for us each.
“I’ve watched fairly a little bit of Ricardo Sandoval. He’s an impressive fighter, however I don’t assume he has boxed anyone close to the caliber of opponents that I’ve fought. He appears to be well-schooled, however I believe I’ll have the higher of him.
“I’m anticipating , robust combat, however I’ve seen a number of weaknesses. He’s younger and hungry, and that is the place he desires to be, but when I field the way in which I can field on the evening, I ought to get the win.
“A win right here units up a combat with Sunny Edwards, and that may imply a hell of quite a bit. 4 years in the past, we sparred in Ukraine, and there was discuss then of us combating for a British title, so for it now to be for a world title could be unimaginable.
“We’re mates, and in spite of everything is claimed and completed, we’ll nonetheless be mates, however I’m certain we’d go in there and attempt to knock one another’s heads off. There is only one extra hurdle to go, after which that’s the combat that everyone desires, and it’s what they’ll get.
“You’re going to see a top-class efficiency on Friday, so tune into IFL TV. It’s a present to not be missed and top-of-the-line that MTK International has placed on.”
Elsewhere on Friday’s action-packed card, Paul Butler meets Joseph Agbeko for the vacant WBO Worldwide bantamweight title, Hosea Burton takes on Liam Conroy in a last eliminator for the British light-heavyweight title, Gary Cully fights Viorel Simion, Pierce O’Leary returns, Jordan Reynolds faces Jan Ardon, Tyrone McCullagh goes up towards Brett Fidoe, Blane Hyland squares off with Reiss Taylor, and Inder Bassi collides with Chris Adaway.