By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Super Welterweight Alfredo Angulo will indeed fight on Valentine’s Day, despite Ricardo Mayorga backing out of their proposed fight. Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) confirmed to FightNews on Saturday night that he will face Danny Perez in a 10 round bout at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. Angulo, a 2004 Olympian for Mexico, is looking forward to facing a fighter in Perez, who fought Antonio Margarito twice in losing efforts. “I look forward to facing Perez in a good fight,” said Angulo, who is coming off a 10th round stoppage victory over Andrey Tsurkan in October. “He brings a lot of experience and I expect a good fight from him.”
Angulo’s promoter, Gary Shaw, was upset because of Mayorga not giving any notice for dropping out of the fight, reportedly foe attempting to seek more money. Most fighters would be upset of Mayorga being unprofessional, but Angulo was not visibly bothered by it.
“I really don’t think much of him dropping out of the fight. In my opinion, it is not a disrespect to me. It is a disrespect to the fans of boxing.”
Perez (34-5, 17 KOs) is reading a three-bout winning streak since coming back from a three-year hiatus from boxing. He won his last bout in November over Eric Mitchell when Mitchell was disqualified in the 11th round because of excessive holding.
The Angulo-Perez bout will be part of HBO’s Boxing After Dark card that will feature a 12 round Lightweight title bout between Nate Campbell and challenger Ali Funeka. In the other bout, interim world champion Sergio Martinez will take on hard-hitting Kermit Cintron.