Two months after successfully defending his WBA Interim Lightweight Championship, Colombian Darley Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) finds himself in another tough test, this time, against Peruvian contender Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. and air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” this FRIDAY Jan. 9, 2015.
At Thursday’s weigh in, Perez came in at 133 lbs., while Maicelo weighed in at 135 lbs.
In his last bout, which took place on Oct. 24, Perez defended his interim title with a 6th round knockout over Jaider Parra (23-2-1, 12 KOs). Against Maicelo he’ll look to stay in the win column and retain his title with an impressive victory.
“Maicelo is a very difficult opponent and I will have to use all my skills to come out victorious,” said Perez, who is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Knowing I’ve been here before, I feel I have the advantage going into this bout. A win will advance my career to the next level and I know what I have to do to win. It’s going to be an exciting fight because we both have a lot to lose. I need to come out on top and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Rated WBA #7, WBO #13 and WBC #22, Maicelo was originally scheduled to fight on Nov. 21, at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, against Hector Velasquez (56-23-3, 38 KOs), but pulled out to face Perez on national television. With the WBA Interim title on the line, Maicelo is taking his training to a new level.
“Gary Shaw has giving me this wonderful opportunity to take Perez’ WBA title and I’m not going to cut any corners,” Macielo said. “I’m taking this fight very serious. My trainer and I are working extremely smart to make sure I’m in the best shape of my life. I know with a win, I can become a world champion. I’m bringing everything I got come fight night and I anticipate myself being the victor.”
“When I made this bout I knew it was going to be a crowd pleasing fight because both fighters are putting everything on the line,” said Gary Shaw. “Both Perez and Maicelo are great men and I know they will bring their very best on January 9th. The fans are in for a great night of boxing.”
“This is a fantastic fight for the fans,” said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Darley Perez is very hungry to show the world he’s one of the top fighters in the lightweight division. I expect a great show, as I know both fighters are coming with their “A” game. Everyone should be tuning in.”
The ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast begins Friday Jan. 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Tickets priced $35, $50, $65, $85, and $95 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Chumash Casino Box office or online at HERE. Doors open at 5:00 P.M., first fight starts at 5:30 P.M.
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Lightweight Darley Perez weighed in at 133 lbs.
Challenger Maicelo weighed in at 135 lbs.
Darley Perez vs. Jonathan Maicelo this FRIDAY on ESPN “Friday Night Fights”
WBA Interim Lightweight Champion, Darley Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) of Colombia defends his title against Peruvian contender Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) on the season premiere of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” this Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.”Both Perez and Maicelo are extremely motivated for this fight,” said Gary Shaw, president of Gary Shaw Productions. “They both know what’s on the line and I can see this fight being an all out war. Make no mistake about it, this is going to be a very entertaining fight.””Perez has a tough challenge ahead of him in Maicelo,” said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Perez has established himself as one of the top lightweights in the game and he’ll show that skill level this Friday.”Darley Perez Training Camp NotesOn his training camp…We enjoyed an excellent training camp. The motivation and dedication was there right from the start. I’m 100 percent ready to defend the title that I’ve worked so hard to obtain. Now I’m just anxiously awaiting the hour of the fight.On why he trained in Panama…We chose to come to Panama for the sparring. Jonathan Maicelo is a boxer that likes to move around a lot and he’s very explosive. He never stays in one place for very long. He’s always moving his head and keeps a tight guard. We got word that we could find boxers like that, in various divisions over in Panama, so we made the switch. As a result, we got a lot of quality sparring.On his game plan…Because Maicelo is an active boxer, we plan to cut the distance and cut off any exit angles. We want to put the pressure on and not let him relax in any round. I want to make him uncomfortable and get him frustrated so he falls into our traps.The ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast begins Friday Jan. 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Tickets priced $35, $50, $65, $85, and $95 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Chumash Casino Box office or online HERE. Doors open at 5:00 P.M., first fight starts at 5:30 P.M.For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com and GaryShawProductions.com.For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check our Facebook Page, find us on Google+ and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ThompsonBoxing.
Maicelo vs. Perez Friday night on ESPN2 6:00 PM PT at Chumash Casino