Lerena is rated No 29 in the world in the heavyweight division without lacing his boxing gloves in that weight class. The boxer said he wants to make a statement in the division.
"I want to be explosive," he said.
"[I have] a big task ahead of me. It is a risk, however, [but] one I am willing to explore. I weigh around 102kg and I believe you will see an explosive and very strong Kevin Lerena [against Dinu in February]. There is no weight cutting. I am here to shock the world. I want do it for SA.”
Dinu will be Lerena's first fully fledged heavyweight opponent and the South African recognises he will face harder punches than he has had to contend with in his career.
“The heavyweight division is the pinnacle of boxing," he said.
"It’s a tough task ahead but I believe my trainer Peter Smith can install the skills in me to do my best in the division and shock the world by becoming a heavyweight world champ. Many pundits are going to ask why have I moved up to the heavyweight division.
"I believe I am pugilist specialist who knows what I have to do to beat the big men. I focus my boxing on my skills. I may not have the same knockout power like [the bigger boxers in the heavyweight division], but I believe I am going to bring something different to the table, and that is speed, tenacity and brains.
“These guys are big punchers, but if you can avoid those big punches, make them look stupid and make them pay, you will be victorious. You have to be elusive and if you stand the pipeline against these big men, you are going to get hit to pieces. But if you evade these guys, move to the side, use angles, and use the ring, you can turn it into a tough night for them because they are big and slow.”