Kevin Lerena back in the ring on Saturday at Emperors Palace

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IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena heads a five-fight bill at Emperors Palace on Saturday night.

NON-TITLE FIGHT OVER 10 ROUNDS

According to boxing guru Ron Jackson, Lerena will square off against little-known American Patrick Ferguson in a non-title fight scheduled for 10 rounds at a weight limit of 96kg.

For the 28-year-old Lerena (25-1; 12) it will be his second fight this year.

He won the vacant IBO cruiserweight belt in September 2017 and has made successful defences against Dmytro Kucher, Roman Golovashchenko, Artur Mann, Vasil Ducar, Sefer Seferi and Firat Arslan.

Ferguson, 29, made his pro debut in April 2016 and has racked up a record of 17-2-1; 13.

This is a must-win for Lerena against the No 75-ranked IBO cruiserweight Ferguson if he wants a crack at one of the major organisation belts.

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