Super featherweight Edward “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) and Colombian Aristides Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) had had their first encounter prior to Saturday’s clash on Saturday at the Centenario soccer stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This will be another WBC Silver belt encounter. “This is nothing but a fight in my career,” said Escobedo. “It’s a fight that I will win before the fifth round because I need that title in my career. It is a quality championship that goes to Mexico. I’ll win by knockout.”
Perez said he’s looking to get past Escobedo in order to get a rematch with WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto, whom he suffered his only loss to last year, or face WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert.
Former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (21-1, 15 KOs) was also on hand. “I lost my title, but that incident is already part of the past. Now my mind is focused on beating Guadalupe Rosales, because the plans are to quickly recover the belt. A loss to Rosales would encumber me a lot and that’s not going to happen for the world,” said Salgado, who relinquished the WBA super featherweight belt he won against Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares against Takashi Uchiyama on January 11 in Tokyo.