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Mike Perez returns against journeyman Darnell Wilson on Feb. 5


RING-rated heavyweight contender Mike Perez will fight Darnell Wilson on Feb. 5, promoter Roy Englebrecht informed on Saturday.

The eight-round bout headlines a “Fight Night OC” card inside The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.

Perez (20-1-1, 12 knockouts), THE RING’s No. 8-rated heavyweight, was originally penciled to fight on Jan. 9 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. However, K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler told that a suitable opponent was not able to be approved by the California Athletic Commission.

The Cuban-born southpaw has spent the last couple of months living and training in Oxnard, California, working with trainer Robert Garcia.

Perez has not fought since losing a 12-round split decision to Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York City last July.

In his last bout on Nov. 8, Wilson (25-18-3, 21 KOs) was stopped in the seventh round by unbeaten contender Vyacheslav Glazkov. Prior to that bout, Wilson knocked out David Rodriguez in the sixth round in December 2013. The win snapped a five-bout losing streak.

Also on the card, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Michael Hunter (6-0, 4 KOs) will fight Avery Gibson (4-4-3, 1 KO) in a scheduled eight-round bout, and junior welterweight Luis Mora (4-0-2, 3 KOs) will fight Dwain Victorian (4-3, 2 KOs) in a scheduled five-round bout.

Three more boxing bouts, along with three mixed martial arts bouts, will round out the card.



Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing