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The perfect opening act

Perez-Mares could steal the show

The IBF bantamweight world title bout between undefeated Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares provides the perfect complement to what is already a must-see night of boxing Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The boxing media seems to be in agreement regarding the co-feature of the Vazquez-Marquez IV: “Once and Four All”: Perez-Mares has the potential to be the fight of the night. “This is an even fight between two solid boxer/punchers that could steal the show prior to the Marquez-Vazquez fight,” Fightnews.com Feature Writer Francisco Salazar told SHOWTIME.

“On paper, Mares has faced the stronger opposition and has the advantage of having speed between the two fighters,” continued Salazar, who has covered the Southern California boxing scene for more than a decade.

“Mares breaks fighters down with an accumulation of punches, attacking the body. He does tend to stand in front of fighters while banging, which could play into the hands of the Colombian champion.

“Perez can turn a fight around with one punch (his bout against Mabuza) and defeated Joseph Agbeko in his last bout. Perez has solid ring generalship and is crafty with his punches. Mares should box, going in and out of Perez’ reach, while Perez should do his best to cut the ring off.

“Expect to see a knockdown or two in an action fight. I see Mares winning a very close 12-round majority decision.”

The historic SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate.

Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25 will be available starting Friday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. PT online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets will also be available starting Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. PT at the STAPLES Center Box Office.




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