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Hovhannisyan returns Feb 22

On February 22, Gary Shaw Productions will present a ShoBox doubleheader featuring promising super featherweight Art Hovhannisyan (15-0-2, 8 KOs) against Alejandro Perez (16-3-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder at Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, Calif. The Armenian-born Hovhannisyan, who moved to the United States in 2007, has been in the ring with tough competition such as Miguel Acosta, who Hovhannisyan defeated on an exciting, hard-fought split decision last July 20, and former world champion Cristobal Cruz. “We’ve matched this kid tough, that’s what he’s wanted,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “Art knows what he wants out of boxing; that’s an important part of the process because it’s not enough to want to be the best. That kind of mentality is vague and it puts you in a constant uphill battle. He’s after very specific goals and I believe he is well on his way to achieving his success.”

The eight-round co-feature will showcase Tureano “Reno” Johnson (13-0, 10 KOs), who represented the Bahamas in the 2008 Olympic Games, against fellow unbeaten Willie Fortune (15-0, 7 KOs) in a middleweight match.

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