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Perez to fight at home in Colorado

By Chris Morris/

Steve Mestas and Air Tight Boxing have announced their next fight card. “The Uprising” is set for February 22nd at Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan, Colorado, located in south Denver.  Mestas has said he is looking to put on a marathon card with 10 fights. The main event will feature Manuel ‘Manny’ Perez (19-8-1, 4KOs) in an eight-rounder against an opponent TBA. 

Perez enjoyed great success in 2012 going 3-1 and upsetting Edgar Santana (26-4, 17 KOs), earning the NABA light-welterweight title in the process.  He successfully defended the belt against Jose Miguel Cotto (33-4-1, 24 KOs) before traveling to Belfast, Northern Ireland to fight Paul McCloskey for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title.  He came up short losing a decision in that eliminator.  Perez bounced back with a win against Berardo Guereca (16-16-1, 3KOs) is looking to keep the momentum going.

The undercard is beginning to take shape as well.  Esteban Nichol (3-5, 1KO) will try to get back on track.  He was once undefeated at 3-0, but has since lost 5 straight.  His opponent will be Rubin Jacoby (1-4) who has been away from the ring since 2008.

Also in action will be Giovanni Merceron (1-0, 1KO) who was impressive in his pro debut back in December.  He will take on Quinton Gatlin (0-1).  Merceron was the Colorado State and Regional Golden Gloves Champion in 2012 and advanced to the quarter finals of the National Golden Gloves tournament.

John Nunez (1-1, 1KO) will face Keith Brown (0-2).  Also scheduled are Alfred ‘Tornado’ Romero (4-2, 4KOs) and Kristie Simmons in her pro debut, each against an opponent to be named later.

Tickets and more information are available by contacting Steve Mestas at 720-298-1954.

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