Undefeated Lightweights Perez and Mamadjonov Meet on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
Undefeated Lightweights Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KOs) and Baha Mamadjonov (11-0, 7 KOs) will meet August 10 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Cabazon, Calif. The card is presented by Gary Shaw Productions.
Former Light Middleweight Champion Shane Mosley, filling in for Teddy Atlas, will be ringside with Joe Tessitore for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at the Morongo Resort Casino, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present all the latest boxing news and highlights, including a report by Atlas from the London Olympics. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.
Action will feature the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App,” an application on the ESPN FNF facebook page allowing viewers to vote round-by-round.
Perez, a 2008 Olympian for Colombia, is coming off an April second-round knockout win over Alain Hernandez. In September 2011, he TKO’d Oscar Meza in the sixth round.
After that fight ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote, “Perez, who did a good job of setting the pace of the fight, opened a cut over Meza’s right eye in the third round and then opened another cut under his left eye with a right hand in the fifth round. Perez was dominating at this point. His speed and power were too much for Meza. After the sixth round, Meza’s corner asked the referee to stop the fight.
Uzbekistan’s Mamadjonov won a May second-round TKO over Terrance Roy in his last fight.
“Everybody says Baha’s style is like Pacquiao, but I think at this point he’s better than Pacquiao,” said Ken Richardson, Mamadjonov’ s manager and trainer. “Pacquiao probably has a little more punch in his left hand, but Baha has so much better balance and movement and footwork.”
Friday’s co-feature will pit undefeated Junior Featherweight Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente (23-0-2, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic against Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (19-2, 15 KOs) of California. Vicente is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Lucian Gonzalez, while Avalos will look to rebound from a 10-round split-decision loss to Jhonathan Romero.