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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino once again hosted an action-packed evening of boxing, complete with boxing world champion appearances from Roy Jones Jr., Scott Quigg, and Randy Caballero. Live on @HBOLatino Boxing, the main event featured, Johan “El Terrible” Perez (20-2-2, 13 KOs), former interim WBA Light Welterweight Champion of Caracas, Venezuela, taking on undefeated Russian boxer Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout.
With the NABA Werlterweight Title on the line, both fighters fought fearlessly as a near sell-out rowdy crowd cheered them on. Mikhaylenko showed his strength early on in the fight and continued to corner Perez on the ropes as the fight progressed. Perez showed a lot of heart as continued to go forward in every round, but by the eighth round, the referee called off the fight as an overwhelmed Perez could no longer defend himself. Mikhaylenko, maintained his unblemished record as he was declared the winner for the covenant NABA Title via technical knockout. “I want to thank my promoter and HBO Latino for giving me the opportunity to fight for this title,” said Dmitry Mikhaylenko. “I felt like I dominated the fight from the beginning and definitely set the pace. I was prepared to face a tough opponent in Perez but once I realized my punches were hurting him I decided to continue to put pressure on him. He is not a heavy punch and I took the opportunity to overwhelm him. I want to dedicate this victory to my mother, all my fans in Russia and my darling Sasha.” “I feel like I should have trained harder for this opponent and now think that I may have been underprepared,” said Johan Perez. “I may have been too relaxed at first as I was trying to read him. He is a very heavy puncher a tough opponent.”
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