- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Sometimes when you hear about a fight, you just know it's going to be an action-packed battle. And I think we've got one of those fights on our hands here: interim junior welterweight titlist Johan Perez against Pablo Cesar Cano.
According to Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz, the fighters are set to meet July 21 in Cancun, Mexico, and, thankfully, the bout will air live in the United States on Fox Deportes.
Perez (15-0-1, 12 KOs), 29, of Venezuela, is a rough, rugged fighter who loves to mix it up. He looked as strong as a bull when he stopped Fernando Castaneda in the fourth round in Mexico to claim an interim 140-pound belt in December. He's got a little Edwin Valero in him (in a good way).
The 22-year-old Cano (24-1-1, 19 KOs) is still very young, but has experience. He's as tough as nails and showed his heart in a tremendous brawl with Mexican countryman and future Hall of Famer Erik Morales for a vacant belt in September.
Morales cut him badly and stopped him in the 10th round on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight with Victor Ortiz. Morales-Cano was the fight of the night and Cano, who has won two in a row since, showed that, win or lose, he'll give fans a show.
Perez, who signed with Golden Boy not too long ago, was originally being slotted to fight on July 28 in San Jose, Calif., on the undercard of Robert Guerrero's welterweight debut against Selcuk Aydin. But Diaz said when the fight with Cano came up, the plan changed.
I don't see how Perez-Cano can not be an action fight, and Diaz agreed with my assessment.
"I believe it starts out very tactical, but a fight will break out, as the characteristics of both support that," Diaz said. "Cano has the experience of the big fight and also fighting in Mexico, but Perez is undefeated and very hungry, so it should turn out to be a memorable one. Can't wait. Someone is coming out and ready to play with the big boys on July 21."