Erislandy Lara returns to the ring on April 2, in Golden Boy Promotions' first crack at a ShoBox card.
Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KO) will return to the ring on April 2, facing veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KO) on a ShoBox broadcast from Las Vegas. The event will be Golden Boy's first-ever ShoBox card, as strange as that might seem. Lara last fought on January 29, co-featured on the Campillo-Shumenov II card, which was broadcast on Fox Sports Net. That night, he wore down and stopped the awkward Grady Brewer.
Perez, 33, lost his last fight to Carlos Molina via very wide decision in Miami. Two of his six losses came against Antonio Margarito in 1999 and 2002. In some ways, he's a perfect fit for Lara right now as an opponent, but the loss to Molina does take some steam out of Perez. Molina isn't a bad fighter, but he's not Lara.
Also featured on that card will be Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KO).
In another April edition of ShoBox, Fernando Guerrero (17-0, 14 KO) will look to continue his rise up the middleweight ladder when he once again headlines at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. He's built a very impressive following in Salisbury, and may soon be ready to take that a bit more regional than simply local. Guerrero has long been one of Bad Left Hook's favorite prospects. No opponent has been named, but Team Guerrero told WMDT-47 that the fight would take place on April 16, and that Guerrero would be defending the NABO trinket he won last year.
For now, it's again looking like Hozumi Hasegawa-Fernando Montiel is off. Montiel is unhappy with the money.
The March 19 Friday Night Fights will be headlined by the Deandre Latimore-Sechew Powell rematch at the Choctaw Gaming Center in (I assume) scenic Durant, Oklahoma. Added as the undercard featured fighter that night is super middleweight prospect Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KO), who will take on George Armenta (13-5, 11 KO).
The next week on FNF (3/26) is the Cunningham-Godfrey IBF cruiserweight title fight, and it's now been confirmed that Don King has managed to co-main event the show with Cory Spinks defending the IBF junior middleweight belt against Cornelius Bundrage, giving FNF a very rare double world title show.