Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” will be the show to watch on Saturday, July 21 when two of boxing’s top talents, Johan Perez and Pablo Cesar Cano, square off for Perez’ WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Latino Super Lightweight title at the Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico.
FOX Deportes will air this potential Fight of the Year candidate in the United States along with a 10-round co-featured bout between lightweight standouts Jorge Romero and Rudy Lopez.
Perez vs. Cano, a 12 round bout for Perez’s WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Latino Super Lightweight title, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Pepe Gomez Promotor Deportivo and sponsored by Corona, Periodico QueQui, The Grand Oasis Cancun, Quintana Roo Tourism and Cancun Tourism. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT and the first fight begins at 7:00 p.m. CT. The Televisa broadcast will air on Canal 5 and begins at 10:30 p.m. CT and the FOX Deportes broadcasts will air at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at 100 pesos, 500 pesos, 1000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and are available for purchase at Hooters Z.H., Farmacia Paris Centro de Cancun and The Grand Oasis Cancun.
Caracas, Venezuela’s Johan “El Terrible” Perez (15-0-1, 12 KO’s) has had highs and lows over the course of his career which began in 2005. In 2009 he returned from a two-year layoff and began making moves at 140 pounds. A WBA Fedebol and Fedecentro Champion, the 29-year-old power puncher made big statements in his last two fights, knocking out Kenny Galarza last October and then stopping Fernando Castaneda two months later for the WBA interim crown. On July 21, he makes his first title defense against his sternest test to date in Cano.
Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (24-1-1, 19 KO’s) may have made a name for himself by stepping in on short notice and giving a gutsy effort against the legendary Erik Morales in their September 2011 title fight, but the 22-year-old from Tlanepantla is far from content with that reputation. In two fights in 2012, Cano stopped then 16-1 prospect Francisco Contreras in six rounds and then knocked out Colombian contender Fidel Monterrosa in nine. Just like that, he had fought his way back to a world title shot, but this time, he is even more hungry and determined to leave the ring with the belt.
Cancun’s Rudy Lopez (25-5-2, 16 KO’s) began his professional career in 2000 as a junior featherweight, but when he moved up to 126 pounds, he made his first mark in the sport by first winning the WBC Youth title and then the WBC World Championship with a seventh round technical knockout over Takashi Koshimoto in July of 2006. Lopez would lose his crown in his first defense against In-Jin Chi five months later, but there was still plenty of fight left in him. After a two year break from 2007 to 2009, he returned and with an eight-fight run that has seen him go 5-1-1 with 1 no contest as he enters his fight against Romero.
Jorge Romero (22-5, 19 KO’s) of Culiacan has a simple philosophy in the ring, but one that has garnered him many fans since his professional debut at only 15 years old in 2006: he’s going to do everything in his power to get you before you get him. What has resulted have been 15 knockout wins in three rounds or less, including eight in the first round. While such an aggressive attack has lead to some losses along the way, no one ever asks for their money back after seeing the 22-year-old in the ring.