Friday, January 9, 2015, ESPN‘s Friday Night Fights kicks off the year with an interesting Lightweight matchup featuring Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) of Colombia, taking on Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs, 1 NC) of Peru, for the interim WBA World lightweight title.
The 12-round bout will be televised on ESPN 2 starting at 9:00 pm EST.
Perez–whose only loss came against Cuban slickster, Yuriorkis Gamboa–won the interim title by defeating Argenis Lopez back in June of 2014.
In Maicelo’s only loss–and first appearance on ESPN2–he was taken into deep waters by rugged Russian, Rustam Nugaev, and eventually knockout out.
The winner will certainly take a step up in the talent-rich Lightweight division and set himself up for a title shot.
Read on for Round By Round Boxing‘s staff predictions for Perez vs. Maicelo and let us know who you think will win this South American battle.
Round By Round Boxing Staff Predictions - 2020
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