Former European and Commonwealth flyweight champion, Jay Harris (18-2, 9KOs), published the following statement on Facebook on July 6th: "New weight, same job to become a world champ; going to be exploring the 108lbs division."
The move was prompted following his second career defeat on June 25 against American Ricardo Sandoval in an IBF flyweight title final eliminator. The Swansea man was dropped twice in the eighth round by left hooks to the body.
In February 2020, Harris journeyed to Texas to challenge WBC World flyweight titlist Julio Cesar Martinez but was decked in the 10th and beaten widely on the scorecards after 12 spirited rounds from the Welshman.
In Britain, there's only two other domestic rivals at this weight, which includes Midlands Area title contender Matt Windle (6-3-1) and the man he defeated recently in June, Scotland's Neil McCubbin (5-1, 1KO).
Birmingham's 'MatMan' Windle would make for a perfect introductory opponent to light-flyweight having just gone 12 rounds in his last fight, which was meant to be a Commonwealth title contest.
On the world scene, the current champions are Ken Shiro (WBC); Hiroto Kyoguchi (WBA); Felix Alvarado (IBF); Elwin Soto (WBO); with the IBO world title currently vacant.
World title contender Harris is presently ranked WBC #11; IBF #8; WBO #5; IBO #26, so is only a good win away from another world title shot.