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Ghana’s Rafael Mensah [31-0, 23 KOs] is ver sure of becoming Ghana’s next World champion as he faces WBA World super featherweight champion Alberto Machado [19-0, 16 KOs] of Puerto Rico.

The clash has been fixed for July 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, USA, and would be Machado’s first defense of his belt against Mensah, who is mandatory challenger.

“This fight has taken to long to happen, it’s frustrating but I remain strong and ready. All I ask my fans back home in Ghana and around the world is to support me with their prayers. I am bringing the title home,” Mensah said ahead of the fight.

“Ghana stand up, Africa stand up. We thank everyone for their support and words of encouragement. Raphael is fighting with a heavy heart and will win this title.”

The fight will be on the undercard of Jaime Munguia [29-0, 25 KOs], 21, of Mexico, making his first defense against mandatory challenger and former titlist Liam Smith [26-1-1, 14 KOs], 29, of England.

Rafael Mensah has been in contention and has been preparing for a long time. July 21 should be his day as Ghana needs more real champions.

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

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