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By Miguel Maravilla
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Argentinian slugger Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs) and Riverside’s Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) are ready for their welterweight showdown on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The bout headlines a Showtime tripleheader.
Both worked out separately Tuesday afternoon for media at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Center in Carson. (more…)
Can Josesito Lopez repeat the success he had with Victor Ortiz this weekend when he takes on Marcos Maidana? More in the Press-Enterprise
New York hopeful Frank Galarza steps into the ring again on June 22 on the Broner-Malignaggi card in Brooklyn. More
James Lyons, a boxing coach in Orlando, Florida, has been accused of raping a 17-year-old student. More
The Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios promotional tour will kick off in China on July 29.
By Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Thomas Casulli
IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (53-6, 32 KO’s) faces European contender Karo Murat (24-1, 14 KO’s) on July 13, 2013, at the Barclays Center in New York. Hopkins took time out to speak to Fightnews and discuss his upcoming bout.
On the recent publicity of him being the underdog and other contenders circling him:
“Ya’ll will write me off. The industry for good or bad has a choice. When you lose to a guy that the States doesn’t know, what does that do to my marketability? You have the right to hang my head if I don’t take care of this guy (Murat). It’s the way I win that can be a loss.”
“There’s a list of people out there, not ten, not eight, five maybe. But right now on July 13 all those five names is him (Karo Murat). I might scare three of them away after this, who knows? I might scare three of the five that I’ve got in my head.”
“Enjoy me while I’m here and winning respectfully because who would take a chance when you’re 50 or older to do this?” (more…)
Boxing will return to the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey on June 14. Presented by Greg Cohen Promotions and GH3 Promotions in association with Acquinity Sports and First Round Promotions, the card will feature undefeated Philippine knockout artist Jundy Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs) against undefeated NABA and WBA Fedelatin Bantamweight Champion, Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a twelve round WBA Title Eliminator.
In the eight-round super-bantamweight co-feature, New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Jorge “King” Diaz (17-1, 10 KOs) will face Dominican bull Yenifel Vicente (24-1-2, 16 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight Title.
Colombia’s Darley Perez (28-0, 19 KOs) arrived in Canada yesterday for his upcoming showdown against Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) that will take place this Saturday, June 8. The battle for the interim WBA lightweight title will take place at the Belle Center in Montreal, Canada and will be televised on HBO. Upon arrival the Colombian boxer was delayed admittance for four hours by Canadian immigration due to Visa issues. Thanks to the effort of Canadian promoter Yvon Michel and his co-promoters, Perez was ultimately granted access into Montreal. The team was thankful to the Canadian authorities for their professionalism and for assisting Darley Perez and his trainer Orlando Pineda.
“I am ready for my fight this Saturday. Now that I have arrived in Canada, I can get acclimated to the weather and environment out here. I am waiting patiently for fight night and feel confident about my upcoming fight against Gamboa. I have trained well for this fight against different sparring partners from Cuba. I know it’s going to be my night,” said Perez.
Story & Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, held an open media workout Wednesday at the ABC Rec Center Boxing Gym in North Philly as he prepared for his upcoming 10-rounder against Andrey Fedosov, 24-2, 19 KOs. Jennings and Fedosov are scheduled to meet at the Sand Casino Resort, in Bethlehem, PA, on June 14th. Jennings hit the heavy bag and speed bag, sparred 10 rounds, and did push-ups and sit-ups. But he had already been working earlier in the day.
“You should have been with me at 4:30 this morning,” Jennings said of his morning roadwork. “We did five miles. My fastest mile was 6 minutes and 4 seconds, by the way.”
This will be Jennings’ first fight in six months, a stark difference than 2012, when he fought five times during the year. Jennings said that it was the business of boxing that caused his layoff. (more…)
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens and “Fast” Eddie Chambers have launched a campaign to dominate their weight divisions. By this time next year, each has plans to become the “Man to Beat” at in his respective class. On August 3rd NBC Sports Network will feature these two warriors in highly competitive bouts on their Fight Night series. Tomasz “Goral” Adamek has also been added to the card. He opponent will be announced next week. The telecast will begin at 10:30 PM EDT.
Stevens and Chambers are doing something unusual in the sport of boxing as of late: Coming down in weight. Both have fought in divisions where they were always the small guy. Now, each has chosen to move down into weight classes where they will be the big dog in the ring. (more…)
James DeGale confident he could defeat two-belt king Carl Froch
James DeGale has dismissed Carl Froch’s threat to ‘end’ his career and is confident he could defeat the world champion.
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James DeGale hopes a good run of victories will put him in contention for an all-British super-middleweight clash with double world champion Carl Froch.
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James DeGale has hit out at the hate-filled critics who constantly hound him on Twitter.
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WBO World Champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) and his challenger Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) have already entered fight mode. During Wednesday´s press conference, three days before the top-notch cruiserweights square off inside the ring, they got involved into a verbal altercation.
28-year-old Huck accused his opponent of provoking him on purpose. “He is just trying to rattle my cage and is hoping that it will cause me to make mistakes,” said the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner. “But he is fighting a losing battle. I am the champion and I will still be the champion after the fight. I will give him my answers inside the ring.” And the German was not done yet. “I proved before that I can beat him. But he cannot beat me. I know that I am better than he is. I also have a better fan base behind me, who will be celebrating another victory with me after I am done with that guy.” (more…)
Text and video: Przemek Garczarczyk
“I feel fantastic. Fixing my injured right hand, getting surgery was the best thing that could happen to me. Now I can can hit with full power and not worry what will happen next,” – said IBO light heavyweight champion, 25-year old Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. On August 16 Fonfara is expected to headline the show at Chicago White Sox Stadium against former WBA titlist Gabriel Campillo (21-5, 8 KOs). “I understand all the expectations, but I like the pressure aof tough fight. Campillo fought the best – twice Shumenow, Cloud, Murat – you name it, all these guys were in very tough fight with him but this is what makes it special for me. Of course fighting in front of my hometown fans at such a special venue like US Cellular Field is something else altogether. We have more than two months until fight but I can feel like I can fight Campillo today. In couple of days I’m leaving for a 2 week Florida training camp, than back to Chicago. Can’t wait,” said Fonfara.
The August 16 event will be broadcast by ESPN2 and also showcase a rematch of the very entertaining clash between 24-year-old Polish heavyweight hope,Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (14-0, 11 KOs) and another Chicago hometown favorite, “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-4, 12 KOs).
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has taken his act across the country to Carson, California for Saturday night’s eight round fight against former professional football player Gerald Washington (7-0, 5 KOs), at Home Depot Center. Williams-Washington is on the undercard of a Golden Boy Promotions event, headlined by a major fight between Marcus Maidana and Joselito Lopez, which is airing on Showtime Championship Boxing.
A year ago, Williams (35-12-2, 19 KOs), a bonafide Bahamian sports legend, traveled halfway around the world to Macau, China to defeat Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer”Welliver (53-5-5, 20 KOs) for the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Asian Boxing Council Championships. Williams’ last fight was a loss by decision last November to undefeated heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (17-0) in Finland. (more…)
You’re not likely to find a community as stubborn as the town of Atrisco, which hugs Albuquerque’s west side just south of Route 66. Settled by Spaniards in 1598 and fortified by a 1692 land grant that still continues to legally challenge the system, Atrisco is a living, breathing throwback of a town. Within its winding streets, over and around the ditches for which it is known, lives and trains another throwback, with a throwback name.
Technically an Atrisqueño, rather than an Albuquerquean, Fidel Maldonado has, for years, fought under the nom de guerre the “Atrisco Kid.” . . . Click here for full story
By Felipe Leon
The well-known adage is that you can’t teach an old dog new trick. As far as the thirty-year old Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18KOs) he is neither old nor capable of learning something new. After nearly eight months in an immigration detention center, Angulo of Mexicali, Mexico, was released last July and instead of going back to his old haunts in Los Angeles and its surroundings, he looked north for his next trainer and hooked up with Virgil Hunter, best known for helming the camps of Andre Ward and Amir Khan among others.
On Saturday, June 8th, from the Home Depot Center and broadcast live on Showtime, they will participate in their third bout together when Angulo faces once-beaten slick Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11KO) in a twelve round clash for the interim WBA light middleweight title. The bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions will be the semi-main event for the much anticipated welterweight face-off between Marcos “Chino” Maidana and Josesito Lopez.
“I come up for a couple of weeks and then Virgil goes down to LA for couple of weeks,” Angulo said when asked about the arrangement with his Oakland, CA, based trainer. “Thank God camp has been going great just like the other past two.” (more…)
One of the best parts of the international UFC events is the collection of young up and comers that are featured on the preliminary cards, and there is a stellar list of those on this weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 show in Brazil . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum is live from Brazil on Saturday, June 8 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Click here for more
Saturday’s live boxing telecast on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com headlined by the WBC Silver super middleweight title clash between champion James DeGale (15-1, 10 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (26-6, 17 KOs) at Glow, Bluewater in Greenhithe, Kent, England, will be supported by undefeated WBC International super bantamweight champion Kid Galahad (13-0, 6 KOs) and unbeaten middleweight sensation Chris Eubank Jr (9-0, 4 KOs).
Galahad (real name: Abdul Barry Awad) will face Isaac Nettey (21-8-1, 11 KOs), while Eubank, the son of former world champion Chris Eubank, will take on Tyan Booth 11-9-2, 2 KOs).
The telecast will also feature the first ever Irish/British fighter to win a gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships at super heavyweight, Hughie Fury in his fifth pro fight, looking for win number five and a fourth knockout.
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WBF world middleweight champion and WBO #8 Les “Lock N Load” Sherrington today came face to face with Jorge Gomez Perez, his opponent this Friday night at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The Paraguayan super middleweight champion showed no lack of confidence, sporting a NSW Blues jersey into maroon territory at today’s media conference on the day of the opening State of Origin game. “I know Les is a strong fighter, but I have been preparing for this for 5 months” said Perez. “I won the Paraguay title 3 weeks ago but I have not stopped thinking about this fight, I know I will do well.” Sherrington however believed it may be a disappointing trip for the Paraguayan “It was a ballsy move to wear a blue jersey to a media conference in Queensland on a day like this,” said Sherrington. “I know he is fit and ready but so am I, I have had a great prep and can’t wait to show everybody my new skills on Friday night.”
According to The Sun, Tyson Fury is in negotiation with three different fight camps. More
Ex-footballer Leon McKenzie will be making a pro boxing debut at the age of 35 in Norwich on Sept. 15.
Love story and glove story: the Manchester Evening News comments on Amir Khan’s recent wedding with Faryal Makhdoom. More
Legendary Mexican boxing superstar Erik Morales responded immediately to the comments of ex-champion Humberto Soto, who said he would knock out Morales in Erik’s planned farewell fight.
“On Saturday I’ll be in the front row waiting for you to win your fight. I’m going to get the contract signed so you can’t back down….I would have already signed the contract, but I don’t want to distract from your difficult fight. When you’re done with the Japanese I’ll have the pen and the contract and we’ll see if you run.”
Morales added that he’s still one of the best fighters in the world and he’s retiring because the time has come and not because he can no longer do it.
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Four-time time world champion and boxing promoter Miguel Cotto made his official arrival to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York where this Friday, June 7 will be presenting “PR Striking Force: Jorge Melendez, Jonathan Vidal and Jeffrey Fontanez” on ShoBox The Next Generation. The card takes place during the International Boxing Hall Of Fame weekend that begins that runs through Sunday in the small town of Canastota in upstate New York.
Many former and future Hall of Famers may partake in the fights, including one who will be inducted during Sunday’s ceremonies, longtime SHOWTIME ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr., who will work the fights on Friday and will be interviewed ringside on the telecast.
“This is a great setting for a ShoBox show because Canastota is so close to Verona (approximately 10 miles apart),” said ShoBox expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood. “Canastota is boxing heaven for fight fans and the Hall of Fame weekend is the greatest weekend of the year for them.” (more…)
Two division former world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan is hungrier than ever and looking for a big fight against Nonito Donaire. The two first met in 2007 with Donaire defeating Darchinyan and taking his world title and undefeated record in the process. “Losing my first fight to Nonito was a shock to everyone including me,” said Darchinyan. “It’s a loss I badly want to avenge.”
Darchinyan’s latest fight resulted in a fourth round TKO win over Javier Gallo. “I felt good in there. I got the rust out and now I’m ready for a big fight,” he said. “Fighting Nonito Donaire would have special significance for me. It’s the rematch I always wanted.” (more…)
Top Rank announced today the signing of undefeated light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan. One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs), of Long Beach, NY, captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas light heavyweight title on June 14, 2012, via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson and successfully defended it last October 24, winning a unanimous decision over Rayco Sanders. Known for his aggressive style and good punching power, especially to the body, Monaghan, 31, is currently world-rated #11 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #18 by the WBC. In last his fight, on April 13, he scored a first-round knockout of Dion Stanley on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire – Guillermo Rigondeaux world junior featherweight championship at Radio City Music Hall.
“It’s an honor to sign with Top Rank. I have really improved and I know Top Rank will work hard to get me the big fights,” said Monaghan. (more…)
Unbeaten Dominican featherweight Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs), ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), could face Argentinean Jesus Andres Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title sometime this coming July at a venue to be determined. Acquinity Sports promoter Henry Rivalta reports that negotiations with the Argentine team are close to being finalized. While legal representatives for both fighters are trying to finalize an agreement as soon as possible, Marrero continues his training camp with his coach, German Cicedo, at German Caicedo Gym in Miami.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Update: Promoter Yvon Michel just announced through Twitter that Darley Perez is in Canada.
In advance of Saturday night HBO showdown with Yuriokis Gamboa in Montreal, Colombian born Darley Perez is presently stuck trying to gain entrance into Canada. “He has a visa problem,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “Right now my good friend (and fellow promoter) Yvon Michel is trying to take care of the problem if he can.” As to whether the fighter will make it into town in time for Saturday’s fight, Shaw responded, “I don’t know, I’m not an immigration officer, I know a little about the problem, but right now we’re trying to get through the problem.”
Unbeaten Russian KO king Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, not only has his sights set on Cornelius “Da Beast” White, 21-1, 16 KOs, in their upcoming 12-round title elimination bout on June 14th, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The fast-rising light heavyweight contender is also aiming to keep his impressive knockout streak alive when he meets White in the nationally televised match.
The fight is part of a big boxing triple header to be televised live by NBC Sports Network on the next edition of Fight Night. Also on the bill is a 10-round heavyweight bout between Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, and Andrey Fedosov, 24-2, 19 KOs, and a 10-round welterweight battle between Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, and Ray Narh, 25-2, 21 KOs. The broadcast begins at 8PM ET. (more…)
Adrian Patrick, an Atlanta Attorney and Boxing Promoter of KO Kings Boxing Promotions, signed a TV deal with Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) to televise the Boxing Reality Show, “Rivalry: The Blood Sweat & Tears of Professional Boxing.”
“We would like to thank CSS for giving us this great opportunity and having the foresight to see the sustained value in the classic sport of boxing”, said Adrian Patrick “this will represent great exposure for KO KINGS Boxers and the KO KINGS Brand. This is a historical moment for KO KINGS”.
The first show will be televised on CSS on Monday, June 10 at 11:00pm EST.
Additionally, on June 30th, KO Kings will showcase the boxing event titled “Sunday Brunch & Boxing” at the Atrium Event Center in located at 5479 Memorial Drive , Stone Mountain, Georgia. Doors open at 3:00pm, and the first fight starts at 4:00pm, which CSS will air on tape delay on July, 13 starting at 10:00pm. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Las Vegas team up for UFC Fight Week™, presented by Ultimate Poker®, beginning July 3 and culminating with one of the biggest sporting events of the year, UFC® 162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN, at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6. (more…)
Legandary four-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales says he will not go alone after his “farewell fight” from active boxing. Morales says he plans to retire Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, as well if they end up fighting. “He was a guest on the show on Friday and I think it was Marianita who brought up the subject,” said Morales. “I hope you didn’t say yes [to the fight] just because it was on national television. If you accept the fight I’m going to retire you. I’m going out with conviction, and will beat you so embarrassingly you will need to retire. I’m going to beat you into retirement.”
Soto was enraged to learn of the statements of Morales, whom he called an a–hole. “I will not be an ornament for his farewell. If he wants to fight me he’s going to be defeated. I am totally focused on my fight this Saturday against Nakamori in Tijuana. After this, I’ll take great pleasure in facing Erik Morales and knock him out so that he can no longer return.”
Sounds like we might have a fight.
During today’s public workout both WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) and interim Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) made it clear that their confidence is sky high ahead of the big fight on Saturday at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.
The first one to show off his set of skills was Afolabi. After some rope skipping and hitting the pads with his coach Fritz Sdunek he addressed the media in attendance. “Fritz Sdunek got me into the best shape of my life. So far ahead of every fight, I was either physical or mentally fit. However, this time round, I have hit top form in both aspects. Now, I am the total package!” Sdunek agreed with his prodigy. “Under my guidance, Ola learned the meaning of discipline. That will make the difference come Saturday.” (more…)
World Boxing Organization (WBO) President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday in the cruiserweight world title fight between the champion Marco Huck and the interim champion Ola Afolabi, to be held at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. The referee is Eddie Cotton from United States. Judges will be John Madfis from United States, Deon Dwarte from South Africa and Lahcen Oumghar from The Netherlands. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Handelaar.
Huck and Afolabi have collided two times. In their first fight, Huck beat Afolabi by unanimous decision on December 5, 2009, while on May 5, 2012, the second bout between Huck and Afolabi ended in a majority draw.
On June 29th, New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing and W.O.N Promotions will present another boxing card at Resorts World Casino New York City. In the main event, popular light-heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (12-1, 11 KOs) will compete in an eight round bout. This will be Smith’s third consecutive appearance at Resorts World Casino New York City. Appearing in six round bouts will be featherweight Rafael Vazquez (8-1, 6 KOs) of Lindenwood, NY; Jr. Welterweight Dean Burrell (7-1, 6 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY; and WIBA Featherweight Champion Amanda Serrano (17-1-1, 12 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY. All opponents will be named shortly.
Next Friday June 14 Abdillah Rahilou of Etoile Verte Production will present an interesting fight for the vacant WBC Mediterranean superwelterweight title between Zakaria Attou (13-4-1/5) and Italian Luca Michael Pasqua (16-5-1/10).
The fight will be held in la Salle Marcel Cerdan in Poissy, France.
Spanish based Tunisian Houcine Houichi, Vice-President of the WBC and chairman of the WBC Mediterranean Committee, will supervise the fight.
Promoter Frank Maloney insists that Travis Dickinson never pulled out of a fight against Eduard Gutknecht – because the bout was never on. Sauerland Events claimed on Saturday that the North-East prospect had ducked out of facing the former European light-heavyweight champion in Berlin this coming Saturday. But Maloney who handles Dickinson says: “The fight was never on. I had a call from another British promoter offering the fight because one of his boxer’s had turned it down. Of course, it is a fight Travis would like but he would not have been ready in time so we never took the fight.”
Maloney says that if Sauerland want to make the fight later this year Dickinson would be willing to travel. He added: “Travis was back in the gym, but would not have been ready at pretty short notice. It is a tough fight is a world class fighter whose only losses have come against Juergen Braehmer and Robert Stieglitz. Give Travis time for a proper training camp and he will be willing to come to Germany.”
Ryan Taylor, Liam Shinkwin and Tony Owen are the final three names in the Betfair Prizefighter Light Welterweights III at York Hall, Bethnal Green on July 6. The sold-out night will also feature Kevin Mitchell’s return to action in a ten-rounder as the lightweight aims to get back on the World title trail after falling to WBO king Ricky Burns in a thrilling challenge in Glasgow last September. Old friends Taylor (7-1-1) and Shinkwin (6-0-1) clashed for the Southern Area lightweight title at Wembley Arena in March, with the latter taking a points decision and his former sparring partner’s ‘0’. Taylor will be desperate to gain revenge if the draw pits the pair together. Carshalton’s Owen (14-1) is no stranger to York Hall and the southpaw will be looking to launch himself onto the big stage and into title contention with success in east London. The final trio join Chris Evangelou (9-2), Danny Connor (8-5-1), Southampton’s Matty Tew (12-1) and unbeaten pair Eren Arif (3-0) and Charlie Rice (6-0) in battling for the title and the £32,000 winner’s cheque.
CBS in Las Vegas is reporting that Floyd Mayweather Jr. may heve bet $5.9 million on the Miami Heat to win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.
Saul Alvarez’s manager Jóse Chepo Reynoso says Alvarez’ best strategy against Floyd Mayweather is to go to the body. “Everybody knows the speed of Floyd’s legs and waist, but I think it’s best to Saul is attack the body, don’t try to tear his head off as many others did.”
Colombian lightweight Darley Perez (28-0, 19 KOs) has been yearning for an opportunity to showcase his boxing skills on a world-class level. He’ll get his chance Saturday against Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) in a clash for the interim WBA lightweight title from Montreal on HBO. “Everyone watching the fight should know that it is going to be a great fight and that I am prepared to go toe-to-toe with Gamboa,” Perez says. “The most important thing for me would be to win big against a fighter as skilled as him.”
Gamboa has been trained under the reknowned Cuban boxing system and Perez expects to meet a precision fighter with world-class experience to back it up. “I have been sparring against many Cuban fighters because of their style of fighting is very similar to Gamboa’s fight style. They are great for sparring purposes,” said Perez, who has fought numerous times in North America but never Canada. “I have learned a lot by sparring with them. I feel comfortable going into the ring to battle it out against Gamboa.”
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