Promoter Nisse Sauerland says to Norwegian paper VG that a deal for IBO cruiserweight king Kevin Lerena to defend the title against Kai Robin Havnaa in late September in Oslo, Norway, is close.
According to VG there are still a few details to be worked out and there is a possibility that the fight, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will go ahead without an audience.
Lerena (25-1) has defended the title six times by now and was last seen stopping Firat Arslan in Germany in February.
Havnaa (16-0) holds the IBO Int´l title but has yet to be tested - should he win he will the first Norwegian male fighter to capture a world title since his father Magne beat Boon Pultz back in 1990 to win the WBO title.
French heavyweight veteran Johann Duhaupas wants them all: Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller and Alexander Povetkin - all three beat him - but the one he wants the most for a second time around is Finland´s Nordic Nightmare, Robert Helenius.
Duhaupas knocked out the then unbeaten (22-0) Helenius back in 2016 and also became the first to expose the Finn's lack of conditioning. Since then there´s been a lot of water under the bridge. Helenius was pretty much written off when entering the ring against Adam Kownacki but upset the Pole and is now back in the limelight with bigger fights awaiting.
Duhaupas on his turn stepped in on a day´s notice to fight Alexander Povetkin and also lost to Jarrell Miller. The 39-year-old (38-5) beat Luis Pascual in his last fight and is now like everyone else - sidelined in the corona lockdown....
German heavyweight prospect Christian Thun (4-0) has been signed up by Universum Box Promotion. Thun has been touted as a new Klitschko and shares the same build - but whether or not he can fight in the same way is of course an open question. When he can make his debut for Universum is of course also an open question.