June 5, 2009

Quintana backs out, Perez now set to face Molina on Friday Night Fights

Danny “Dynamite” Perez takes on Carlos Molina tonight in a 10-round Jr. Middleweight bout. The fight will be televised on ESPN2, with a local start time of 5:30

By Steve Galindo III

In his quest to earn a shot at a world title, Carlsbad’s Danny “Dynamite” Perez was hoping to make a strong statement against former welterweight titlist Carlos “Indio” Quintana on tonight’s installment of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Instead, Perez (34-5-17KOs) will have to make his case against last minute replacement Carlos Molina. Molina’s emergence as Danny’s opponent comes a week after Carlos Quintana pulled out of the fight due to a case of the flu. For Quintana, it marks the second time this year in which he has pulled out of a scheduled fight on ESPN.

Despite the late notice, Molina (16-4-1-5 KOs) will be looking to take full advantage of the opportunity that has come his way. The 26-year-old Chicago resident enters the bout on the heels of an eight fight win streak, with his last loss coming two years ago against highly touted prospect Mike Alvarado. Three years ago, Molina earned a draw against undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Perez has come a long way since returning to the ring last July after a 3 year layoff. In the midst of a 3 fight win streak, he finds himself ranked in the top fifteen by two of boxing’s governing bodies. An impressive showing tonight would keep Danny on track for his goal of competing for a world title later this year.

El Gran Chisme

Mosley –Pacquiao to fight Oct.17?

Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 2009—Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has agreed to meet WBA Welterweight Champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley in a mega-fight at a catch weight. In an interview today with Filipino news organization GMA News, Manny Pacquiao agreed to Mosley’s dare to meet in the ring. “No problem, we can fight. As long we negotiate,” Pacquiao said from his hometown, General Santos City.

Mosley countered, “Now that Manny has stated that he is ready to fight me, the only thing left to finish are negotiations. Richard Schaefer and Bob Arum are working out the details now. I will be ready to fight Pacquiao on October 17th.” Mosley has agreed to a 40-60 split and is willing to fight at a catch weight to meet Pacquiao in the ring. Mosley last faced Antonio Margarito in January 2009 and delivered a ninth-round knockout. Pacquiao is coming off a second-round knock-out victory over Ricky Hatton in May.

Top Amateurs to meet in Vista, June 27th

Some of the county’s top amateurs will clash on June 27th at Club Diaz training Center in Vista, CA. Among those competing will be former College Football standout, and current sparring partner for Danny Perez, Laurence Letuli. Doors will open at 1:00pm, with the first bout set to commence at 2:00 pm. For further information call (760) 644-0250.

El Travieso returns

Jorge “Travieso” Arce is on the comeback trail. After suffering a brutal loss at the hands of Vic Darchinyan this past February, Arce returns to the ring June 20 against young Filipino prospect Fernando Lumacad. The fight will mark Arce’s first with legendary trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain in his corner. Under the guidance of Beristain, Arce hopes to make another run at a world title.

Colombian puncher Yonnhy Perez keeps undefeated record intact

(May 29, 2009) - Behind on all scorecards at the beginning of the 12th round, Perez landed a huge left hand jab that sent his opponent Silence Mabuza to the canvas. Buzzed and on uneasy legs Mabuza beat the count. Perez proceeded to apply pressure and landed huge shots leaving no option for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the fight with 1:06 left in the last stanza. With the victory, Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) becomes the mandatory challenger for Joseph Abgeko who fights Vic Darchinyan on July 11 for the IBF bantamweight title.  

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