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Nav Mansouri all set for IBF title showdown on Saturday

Nav Mansouri will look to send a big statement to the rest of the super-welterweight division on Saturday when he takes on Jorge Fortea for the IBF Interncontiental title.

Mansouri (19-1-2) faces Fortea at the Palacio de los Deportes in Malaga, and he’s hoping to begin 2019 with a new belt wrapped firmly around his waist.

He said: “It’s a massive opportunity and a big fight. I’m excited for it and we’ve prepared very well. I’ve taken myself away from my surroundings and been in a hotel for this camp, and it’s just been training and resting non-stop.

“The bigger the opportunity the more drive you’ll have, and that’s why I’ve pushed myself so much for this fight. I’m not boxing someone to do the rounds,

“I’m boxing someone who is coming trying to beat me and take the next step himself.

“It makes it more exciting and worthwhile, and I’ll get a world ranking out of it with a win so that’s great too.

“I’ve got a good following out here in Spain now and I appreciate all the fans coming and supporting me. He’s Spanish champion, but most of the support will be for me.”

Mansouri’s last three outings in Spain have all seen him win in impressive fashion, including a stoppage win over Bogdan Mitic at the Plaza de Toros back in October.

He is also competing alongside some of his MTK Global stablemates on the bill, with Joe Sherriff in action against Alvaro Terrero, Ion Costin taking on Brandon Oertel, and Antonio Gomez facing Abdelaziz Zdite.

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Nav Mansouri will face Jorge Fortea for the IBF Intercontinental super-welterweight belt in Marbella on February 16.

Yorkshireman Mansouri (19-1-2-KO6) will bid for a fourth straight victory on Spanish soil as he looks to add the world-ranking title to the English title he held for more than two years.

Mansouri was in ruthless form last time out; scoring a second-round stoppage of Bogdan Mitic in Torremolinos.

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Joining Mansouri on a busy bill at Palacio de los Deportes are team-mates Joe Sherriff, Ion Costin and Antoino Gomez.

Sherriff (12-1-KO3), who has been training at MTK Marbella since before Christmas, will take on local fighter Alvaro Terrero at cruiserweight as the Coventry star looks to begin his own surge towards title level.

Romanian-born lightweight Costin (5-1-2-KO2) – unbeaten since his debut – takes on the undefeated Brandon Oertel (7-0-KO3) while Gomez is up against Abdelaziz Zdite (3-0).

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