"I looked for work on the construction site"

“After my last fight in Barcelona (April 2021, against Jez Smith) I reconsidered everything. I was about to retire and even looked at work on the construction site. But now I feel like it again. I feel with the same ambition and desire that I had before fighting with Skeete (his first European). Dylan Charrat (20-0-1, 6 KOs) is the challenge he has been asking for for a long time. Trying to be European champion in my second division (super welterweight) is a challenge for me “, Kerman Lejarraga (32-2, 25 KO) is clear about his last months before getting into the ring again this Saturday (19: 00, DAZN) Despite being 29 years old and being the highest grossing fighter in Spain, the ‘Revolver de Morga’ was close to leaving everything.

In this brief time of impasse, Lejarraga has sought “a change that he needed.” “I realized that I had to vary things. I discussed it with my surroundings and everyone encouraged me. I spoke with Ibon Larrinaga (also a professional boxer and a personal friend of Kerman since his adolescence). He is young, he likes boxing and watching boxing, which is very important, and I asked him if he wanted to train me. I will win or lose, but the decision is made by me and I will be satisfied whatever happens “, Kerman acknowledges AS.

The break with his previous work team, led by Txutxi del Valle, was a shock for Spanish boxing because it was unexpected, although he takes it naturally. “I do not live from what they will say. I do not use social networks or WhatsApp. I enjoy training and spending time with mine,” he reveals. In this new stage, Lejarraga has wanted to look to the past. He has made preparations again in Morga. “When I need to disconnect I go for a walk and no one is there. It is like the village of Asterix and Obelix,” he says with a laugh. He looks relaxed and his new team assures that they had not seen him with that ambition for more than three years … and that he is facing an important ordeal.

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“Kill or be killed. That has always been my motto and everyone knows what I am like in the ring. Charrat has more to lose than I do because he is undefeated. I wanted that challenge. He is very technical and with great amateur experience, but I wanted to play it. I am 29 years old and I cannot always be boxing in Bilbao in ten rounds and with nothing at stake. It’s difficult, but I’m going to make my decisions. Good or bad, I’m calm about that. I go without pressure, “he concludes.

The double crown, something difficult for the Spanish

What Kerman Lejarraga is trying this Saturday is not easy. The Basque is a two-time European champion at welterweight and is now pursuing the super welterweight crown. Throughout history, only four Spanish boxers have achieved the same and three of them also managed to lift a world title. The first to do so was Pedro Carrasco (light and super light). In those same categories, Perico Fernández also achieved it. The last to achieve that feat was Kiko Martínez, who has continental crowns in the super bantamweight and feather. For his part, Roberto Castañón is the only one who has been European champion in three divisions (bantam, feather and super feather). It so happens that the Leonese is the only one who later failed to be world champion.

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