Jose Salgado vs. Devis Perez on Saturday, December 1st
LOS ANGELES, November 30 – The NABF Super Flyweight title will be on the line at the Parque Andres Quintana Roo on Saturday, December 1 when Quintana Roo’s own Jose “Sugar” Salgado defends his title against Colombia’s Devis “El Metrallo” Perez in a bout which will be aired on FOX Deportes in the United States.
In the co-featured bout, the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Mediterranean Super Lightweight title will be up for grabs when unbeaten Russian southpaw Denis Shafikov battles Ghana’s Albert “Tornado” Mensah in a 12 round fight.
Salgado vs. Perez and Shafikov vs. Mensah are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The FOX Deportes broadcast will air at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
One of Mexico’s premier young talents, Cozumel’s Jose “Sugar” Salgado (29-2-1, 26 KO’s) is the two-time and current NABF Super Flyweight Champion and the 23-year-old is eager to add a world title belt to his trophy case in 2013. First, he must get by Devis Perez, but if the fact that Salgado’s last 10 wins have come by knockout are any indication, it might be a rough night for the highly-regarded Colombian.
Medellin, Colombia’s Devis “El Metrallo” Perez (16-7-4, 10 KO’s) is a 27-year-old warrior who is always willing to throw down with anyone put in front of him in the ring. A professional since 2007, Perez, who is unbeaten in his last three fights, has challenged for several regional titles over the years, but with the opportunity to challenge for the NABF crown Saturday night, it looks like his chance to enter the world ratings is just one win away.
A former IBO Intercontinental and current European champion at 140 pounds, 27-year-old Denis “Djingis Khan” Shafikov (30-0-1, 17 KO’s) is a veteran of nine years in the fight game and has defended his European crown twice since defeating Giuseppe Lauri for it in 2011. On May 31, 2012, he won a12 round battle over Brunet Zamora, the only man to hold him to a draw, and with that revenge exacted, Shafikov is ready for Mensah this weekend.
A native of Accra, Ghana who now fights out of Joliet, Illinois, Albert Mensah (25-3-1, 10 KO’s) is carrying on the tradition built by his countrymen of being a tough and rugged competitor willing to fight anyone, anywhere at any time. A 10-year professional and the owner of several regional titles over the course of his career, the 29-year-old broke out on the international scene in April with a hard-fought decision win over Michael Katsidis that established him as a serious threat in the division and a prime candidate for world title honors.