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Rodrigo Cavalheiro targets Brave welterweight championship after Belfast statement

Rodrigo Cavalheiro is on the trail of the Brave welterweight title following his knockout win at Brave 13 in Belfast this month.

Rodrigo Cavalheiro (L) and Karl Amoussou (R) at Brave 13, Belfast, 9/6/18. Photo: Jerry McCarthy/Brave Combat Federation
Rodrigo Cavalheiro (l) and Karl Amoussou (r) at Brave 13 in Belfast's SSE Arena on 9 June 2018. Photo: Jerry McCarthy/Brave Combat Federation

With something of an underdog tag on his head going into his fight with Karl Amoussou at Brave 13 in Belfast, Rodrigo Cavalheiro certainly made his mark.

Scoring the first and only straight KO of the night, Cavalheiro (22-7) walked away with a second round win and put the Brave welterweight division on notice.

The Brazilian was initially set to face Carlston Harris (12-3) at Brave 8, in his own back yard. However, Harris was bumped into the co-main event for the vacant welterweight title, taking a 5 round UD victory over England’s Carl Booth in August last year.

In the wake of his knockout victory in Belfast, Cavalheiro is campaigning for his shot but may need to wait for the ‘Jordanian Lion’ Jarrah Al Selawe (12-2) to have his own crack at Harris, As Selawe riding a 5 win streak under Brave including wins over Erik Carlsson, Carl Booth and Tahar Hadbi.

“I want to be one of the big names in the Brave Combat Federation”, says Cavalheiro.

“So I am ready to fight as soon as possible for the championship. My aim is to fight in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.”

“As a fighter it will be the greatest honour and privilege to be crowned as a champion by Sheikh Khalid.”

“There is no promotion in the whole world which is capable of giving such a great honour for athletes other than Brave Combat Federation”, he continued.

The burning question – who do you think Cavalheiro should get next?


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