Injured Carlston Harris: Thank God Brave is so stacked at welter
Brave welterweight champion Carlston Harris is coming off a serious injury but will be ready to defend his belt soon. While he admits that Jarrah Al-Selawe is next for a title shot, the Guyanese-born fighter claims he has his eyes on the Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro fight, set for Brave 13: Europe Evolution, on June 9th, in Northern Ireland.
Harris was supposed to face Cavalheiro back at Brave 8, but he was bumped up to a title fight a day before and ran through Carl Booth to capture the welterweight belt. Meanwhile, the Brazilian veteran Cavalheiro made his promotional debut at Brave 11 last April, knocking out Alessandro Gambulino in the first round.
“Thank God the welterweight division is very stacked right now,” said Harris. “There are no weak fighters. All guys can go in there and fight for the title. Cavalheiro, Fakhreddine, Amoussou…All of them can position themselves for a title shot. Let’s wait and see what happens, I have my eye on the Cavalheiro vs. Amoussou fight, for sure, and I do think that Cavalheiro can fight for the title soon.”
Harris also made sure he also praised Al-Selawe, after “The Jordanian Lion” beat Tahar Hadbi at Brave 12.
“I was supposed to face Jarrah already, but I got injured, and he didn’t want to wait,” he said. “It paid off because he had another good performance against a tough guy. He deserves to face me next, to fight for the title. It was a good fight, very technical, but Tahar was slower, more than usual. He was retreating too much. Jarrah came in with a very good strategy, he kept his distance, used his kicks. I liked the fight, it was very technical, but with a good pace.”
Brave 13: Euro Evolution will be held at The SSE Arena, in Belfast. The main event will be a rematch for the bantamweight title as current champion Stephen Loman tries to go 2-0 against challenger Frans Mlambo. The co-main event is set for a catchweight of 161 lbs (73 kg) between former UFC fighter Norman Parke and Myles Price.
Brave 13 full fight card:
Stephen Loman (c) vs. Frans Mlambo for the bantamweight title
Norman Parke vs. Myles Price
Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro
Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton
Declan Dalton vs. Zack Zane
Sidney Wheeler vs. Mohammad Fakhreddine
Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady vs. Erik Carlsson
Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine
Chad Hanekom vs. Tarek Suleiman
Cian Cowley vs. Daniel Olejniczak
Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne
Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater
Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin
Northern Ireland will become the ninth country to host a Brave Combat Federation, after Bahrain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, and Indonesia.