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Undefeated Boxers Battle Friday in SoCal

By John G. Thompson: This Friday at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KO’s) will slug it out with Uzbekistan born Bahodir Mamadjonov (11-0, 7 KO’s) over the course of ten rounds or less. The two hard hitters put their undefeated records on the line live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. In the undercard, California native Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (19-2, 15 KO’s) faces undefeated Dominican Yenifel Vincente (23-0-2, 15 KO’s).

A 2008 Olympian for Colombia, the twenty-eight year old Perez has plenty of Amateur experience having also competed in the Pan American Games and the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. Most of Perez’s previous professional bouts took place in Colombia. A power puncher, Perez stopped four of his last five opponents and thirteen of his nineteen knockouts occurred before the end of the second round. While Perez possesses a decent amateur pedigree, he has not fought anyone of note as a professional. In fact, twelve of his opponents did not have winning records.

Twenty-five year old Mamadjonov’s professional experience began in his new home of Houston, Texas. A southpaw, Mamadjonov also seems to have pop in his punches, stopping all but four opponents to date. Mamadjonov’s best wins came in a unanimous decision against Archie Ray Marquez last year, as well as a split decision against Michael Clark in March. However, some of his opponents have had uninspired records; opponents meant to pad his resume. The last fighter he faced, while experienced, had a record of nine wins and thirty-five losses. The boxer he faced before that was just 2-11. An active fighter, this will be Mamadjonov’s fifth bout of 2012.

Avalos of Lancaster, California is trained by famed Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a former light heavyweight champion who trains several active boxers, most notably the current light heavyweight champion
Chad Dawson. Early in his career Avalos racked up five first round knockouts. The twenty-two year old is coming off a split decision loss in his last outing against an undefeated fighter. His other loss was also a split decision against a previously undefeated fighter. Friday’s match will be the third undefeated opponent in a row for Avalos.

Vicente comes from the Dominican Republic, though he now lives and fights out of Miami, Florida. All but two of his professional bouts took place in the Dominican Republic, those other two matches taking place in Aruba and Nicaragua, so this will be Vicente’s first fight in the US as well as his first bout to be televised in the states. His last fight took place in May, and was a third round technical knockout of a fighter with a 10-19 record.