Undefeated Mexican puncher Christopher Degollado will undoubtedly face his stiffest challenge on November 22, when he takes on fellow prospect and compatriot Ivan Pereyra for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Super Welterweight title in his hometown of Monterrey.
Degollado, 10-0 (8), has yet to fight for a professional championship, but his last three bouts, while none of them went past round four, were scheduled for ten rounds. He will have the sympathy of the majority of the fans at ringside on the night, but Pereyra, 18-2 (13), has a clear edge in experience.
Nicknamed “El Ruso” (The Russian), Pereyra turned professional in 2008, and went 12-1 before capturing a minor regional title in 2011. He lost that belt only a few months later, but rebounded well in early 2012 when he stopped Alberto Martinez to win another regional crown.
He has since made one successful title defense, and is on a roll of five consecutive victories heading into what will also be his careers most important fight. With four previous title fights under his belt, he can rest easy that he has “been there, done that”, while Degollado is entering new territory.
At a recent press conference to announce the bout, both boxers expressed total confidence in themselves and assured the assembled media that they are going to put on a spectacular fight at the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon arena, which holds approximately 4500 spectators.
With Degollado having won eight out of ten fights by stoppage, and Pereyra getting rid of thirteen out of eighteen victims inside the distance, it is almost a guarantee that it will be an explosive and entertaining night in the ring on November 22.
Promoter Eduardo Ganem can also look forward to a lively night in the stands, as the enthusiastic and passionate local boxing fans have embraced this mouthwatering encounter.