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Michael Perez and Petr Petrov to clash on Sept. 30

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Lightweight contenders Michael Perez and Petr Petrov will square off on Sept. 30, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz confirmed to RingTV Friday morning.

The 12-round bout will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California and is a WBA lightweight title eliminator.

The Perez-Petrov fight will headline a “Boxeo Estelar” broadcast on Estrella TV.

Featherweight Andrew Cancio was originally scheduled to fight in the main event but will now face Joseph Diaz Jr. on Sept. 17 in Arlington, Texas.

Perez (24-1-2, 11 knockouts) last fought on March 4, defeating Martin Honorio by technical decision over six rounds. Perez was cut over his left eye during the fight, which required him to stay out of the ring.

Perez, who resides in Newark, New Jersey, and is trained by Robert Garcia, is unbeaten in his last 10 fights.

“This is another step up in my career to become a world champion,” said Perez. “I am very excited for this fight and I feel very motivated.”

“Petr is a tough guy and that has been what has carried him to where he is today. I am a smart fighter and will be prepared to box when I want to and brawl when I want to.”

Perez is ranked No. 3 by the WBA, while Petrov is one slot below him at No. 4.

Petrov (37-4-2, 18 KOs) stopped Marvin Quintero after the sixth round in his last bout on May 6. The Russian-born fighter, who now resides in Southern California, has won his last five bouts since losing a close decision to Dejan Zlaticanin, who now holds the WBC lightweight title.

Petrov, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, won ESPN’s 2014 “Boxcino” lightweight tournament.

Also fighting on the Golden Boy Promotions card will be welterweight Jonathan Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) and super middleweight Bastie Samir (14-0-1, 14 KOs) in separate fights.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.