By Elisinio Castillo
Last weekend, welterweight puncher Kerman Lejarraga (27-0, 22 KOs) continued his path of destruction when he knocked out amateur standout Frankie Gavin in four rounds, to retain the European title.
Now everyone is wondering where the career of Lejarraga will go. The most immediate horizon places him in the United States. Two or three good fights in the United States would open up the possibility of competing in a world title eliminator. The fighter does not deny that it’s a “dream” to win a world title – but wants to take things with ease.
“Many people ask me what’s next, but I still have no answer,” says Kerman. “I will go to the Mampo Gym to see my colleagues, it is strange for me not to be there, we have not stopped to think about what is coming up now.’
Kerman does not want to rush himself to a world title shot.
“If I’m being honest, I think the best way to the title is to do things the way I’m doing them right now… I prefer to continue working, polishing my skills and improving my way of boxing until that moment comes. I think that’s the best thing for now. The best way to the world title is to do things as they are being done right now,” Kerman said.
The boxer’s American promoter, Lou DiBella, wants to bring him to the United States in the near future.
The welterweight division is packed with names like Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter and several others.
But Kerman is not even thinking about those fights for the moment.
“I’m not even thinking about that. When I look at the list of champions, or ranked fighters, and I see that my name is there – it’s a source of pride, it’s the best motivation to continue working harder. What I’m doing now can bring me closer to the title, going step by step. They are great champions and I have many things to do before thinking about a world title fight.”