The European bantamweight championship fight between Karim Guerfi and Lee McGregor will now take place on Friday January 22, 2021. The show will be held at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England and will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. The fight was originally due to take place on November 11th before the challenger, McGregor (9-0, 7 KOs), tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, the British and Commonwealth champion is now fully recovered and ready to challenge the European champion, Guerfi (29-4, 9 KOs).
McGregor said: “I’m delighted to get this new date finalised. I was more than ready for November 11 but now with it being January 22, it has given me more time and I’ll be more ready. There is respect there as Guerfi is a good fighter, but he’s had a bit to say about me recently, so that has added a little bit of bad blood. We’re going in with intentions of hurting each other, so there’s a bit of needle now heading into fight night.”
Guerfi said: “I’m happy the fight is rescheduled and I will be ready to no problem. I have stayed focused and my objective is to keep my belt. I’m 100% determined and I will train hard to beat Lee McGregor.”
Promoter Lee Eaton added: “We’re over the moon to announce the re-arranged date for this fantastic fight between Karim Guerfi and Lee McGregor. It was frustrating when it had to be pushed back, but luckily we haven’t had too long to wait. It sees us kick off 2021 with a bang, and we’ll have news soon on even more exciting additions to what is going to be a stacked MTK Fight Night.”