World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino welterweight champion, unbeaten prospect Luis “Lucho” Verón, will face WBO European welterweight champion, undefeated Michael “The Problem” McKinson, in a highly expected clash between two top world classified welterweights, that will serve as a virtual eliminator bout, at one of the main events of an exciting boxing night on Saturday, November 9th, at the York Hall of Bethnal Green, London, England, promoted by MTK Global, and a new challenge for Argentina Boxing Promotions, of Mario Margossian, which will be televised live on TyC Sports and ESPN, for Argentina and the whole American continent.
In the other main event of the evening, former four division world champion Anahí “La Indiecita” Sánchez will face World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver lightweight champion, unbeaten Chantelle “Wham Bam Chan” Cameron, in a WBC World super lightweight final title eliminator.
On Thursday afternoon, they met for the first time at the press conference held at the Holiday Inn Whiechapel, and gave their thougts about their bouts.
In a highly expected clash of top world classified prospects that will leave the winner on the verge of a world title, Verón (17-0-2, 8 KOs), 27 years old, from José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, current # 6 of the WBO welterweight world ranking and former member of the Argentinean amateur national team, who has defended four times his WBO Latino belt, comes after last June 7th from a draw against Maximiliano Verón by split decision in Cutral Có, Neuquén, will have his great chance. Now he will face McKinson (17-0, 2 KOs), 25, from Portsmouth, England, but resides in Belfast, Northern Ireland, # 12 of the WBO welterweight world ranking, former WBC Youth and WBC International Silver welterweight champion, comes after last July 20th, when he beat Rusian Evgeny Pavko by unanimous decision to obtain his WBO European crown in Brentwood, England.
“I want to thank everybody for being here. I feel better than ever. I have never been as strong, fast and well prepared as this time. This is the great challenge I have been waiting for. I thank my manager and promoter, Mario Margossian, for getting it to me. I am ready”, said Verón.
With confidence, he went on: “I know it is going to be a great fight. As soon as I got offered the fight, I accepted. It’s the first step to keep growing in my carreer. But before I thing about anything else, I have this great challenge. McKinson is a talented fighter but I came here to make a statement and only to win”, he ended.
After that, McKinson took the microphone: “I am in a great shape, much better than in my previous fights. You will see a McKinson different. I trained in Philadelphia, with local sparrings and it helped a lot”.
“Verón is a great fighter. He is very talented and ahead of me in the world ranking. It will be a very hard challenge. But I am sure I can beat him. If I want to get the big fights, I have to win. I know I can do it”, he concluded.
In the other main event, former four division world champion “La Indiecita” Sánchez (19-4, 11 KOs) will face World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver lightweight champion, “Wham Bam Chan” Cameron (11-0, 7 KOs), in a WBC World super lightweight final title eliminator.
Sánchez, 28, from Pergamino, Buenos Aires, former World Boxing Association (WBA) World featherweight interim, International Boxing Federation (IBF) World super featherweight, WBA World lightweight, and WBA World super lightweight champion -also former South American featherweight monarch-, comes after last May 25th lossing against Jessica McCaskill by unanimous decision for the WBA and WBC World super lightweight titles in Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA. Cameron, 28, form Northampton, England, with a major amateur past, former International Boxing Organization (IBO) lightweight champion, comes after last July 20th, when she dominated Anisha Basheel by unanimous decision to defend her WBC Silver lightweight belt in Brentwood.
“I am in a great shape for this fight. Cameron is an excellent opponent, but I trust my skills and my experience and I’m sure I can beat her. I have faced the best in the planet, such as Katie Taylor and McCaskill, I have been a world champion and I know what this is about”, iniciated Sánchez.
“It is going to be a complicated fight but I am ready to win. I respect Cameron, but I am ready to defeat her. And I have come for it”, she ended.
After her, Cameron made her point: “I feel very motivated. I have a major respect for Sánchez, four time world champion and who has fought the best, the ones I’m chasing. If I want to get them, I have to beat her”.
And she went on: ”It will be an intense fight, with both giving it all. And if I aim to reach the big fights, I have to win. I will become mandatory challenger. I know I will”.