One of New York’s greatest boxers will travel out west on Friday, September 30, as former three-division world champion Iran “The Blade” Barkley will be the special VIP guest at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. “The Blade” will be available to meet and greet fans in attendance at the Special Events Center, before the televised portion of the Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast headlined by Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) taking on Petr “Zar” Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) a 12-round WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator.
A native of the Bronx who compiled a stellar amateur record before turning professional in 1982, Barkley (43-19-1, 27 KOs) was revered for his aggressive style and fight-ending power, as well as for his willingness to face all comers from middleweight to heavyweight over the course of his 17-year career. Best remembered for his pair of wins over Thomas”Hitmans” Hearns, the champion at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions also faced the likes of Roberto “Manos de Pierda” Duran, James “Lights Out” Toney, Nigel “Dark Destroyer” Benn and Michael “Second To” Nunn before retiring in 1999.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are priced at $45, $35, and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
In addition to the highly-anticipated main event between Perez and Petrov, a trio of Indio, California natives will take to the ring at Fantasy Springs on September 30. First, Luis Coria of will make his professional debut as part of the RingTV.com live stream in a four-round super featherweight fight against Tyshawn Sherman (0-2) of San Bernardino, Calif. Also, featured as part of the live stream, super bantamweight Javier Padilla will make his professional debut and Jose Sanchez (1-1) will each fight in respective four round fights against opponents soon to be announced. Also on the card and part of the RingTV.com live stream, super lightweight Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) risks his perfect record against Houston’s Larry Carrillo (5-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six-round super lightweight fight. Opening up the night, popular undefeated Ghanaian super middleweight Bastie Samir (14-0-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring in a six-round bout against Sijoula Ade Shabazz (6-1, 5 KOs) of Frankfurt, Germany.
As previously announced, in the co-main event, Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (2-0, 2 KOs) will seek his third consecutive first round knockout when he faces fellow unbeaten Miguel Barajas (2-0, 1 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in a four-round super featherweight fight televised on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. Opening up the broadcast, Santa Ana, California’s Alexis Rocha (4-0, 3 KOs) will participate in a six round welterweight fight.
Michael Perez vs. Petr Petrov is a 12-round fight for the WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and sponsored by “Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD.” The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.