Bilal Akkawy to fight John Ryder for interim WBA super middleweight title in Las Vegas.
Australian Bilal Akkawy has scored himself a world title fight stepping up in David Lemieux’s absence to fight John Ryder for the interim WBA super middleweight title, foxsports.com.au understands.
The 25-year-old, who had been preparing for a relatively straightforward May 2 bout with Adrian Luna Flores, jumped at the injury replacement opportunity. Now, Akkawy will feature on the Canelo Alvarez-Danny Jacobs undercard on May 4 in Las Vegas.
Akkawy is taking his chance after Lemieux, the former IBF middleweight champion, was forced to pull out of the co-main event due to an injury in training camp.
The 12-round fight against England’s Ryder (27-4) will be his biggest test yet.
Akkawy had been training in Guadalajara and San Diego over the past few months with Eddy Reynoso and Golden Boy Promotions, and looking to ready himself for a meaningful May bout.
It is unlikely the Akkawy-Ryder matchup will still appear as the chief support for the Alvarez-Jacobs main event.
Last time out, Akkawy stopped Hugo Medina Perez in the first round of a March tune-up.