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Jennings vs Perez could land on Golovkin undercard, Perez cleared to train

Mike Perez has been cleared to start training next week, and could face Bryant Jennings in a rescheduled bout on July 26, part of HBO's card that night.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Mike Perez has reportedly been cleared to train again, and the heavyweight contender may have a new date for his WBC eliminator bout with Bryant Jennings, as says that Jennings-Perez may now land on the July 26 HBO card, which will be headlined by Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden.

Promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 had this to say:

"Mike doesn't need surgery for the shoulder injury, so the doctors have said that he would be able to begin training on May 27, and, that would give him enough time to be ready for that July 26 date," said Loeffler.

"It would make sense to put it on the Golovkin show. Since Perez was cleared, that could work. All indications from the doctors is that he could be ready to fight by the end of July, so he could start training on May 27, and that would give him enough of a time frame to be ready by that July 26 date."

This was already rumored a few days ago, and one party that isn't particularly pleased with this news is Matthew Macklin. You will recall that Macklin was set to face Daniel Geale on May 24 on HBO, which was to be part of the bill for the Jennings-Perez fight that was canceled.

Now, Geale appears headed for that July 26 fight with Golovkin, leaving Macklin on the sidelines. He's voiced his displeasure with the way it's all shaken out on Twitter, and his skepticism about the whole thing, noting that Geale and Jennings are both Gary Shaw fighters, with Golovkin needing an opponent after talks for a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight fell through. Two birds with one stone, Shaw gets Geale a bigger fight, moves his other fight to that show, and K2 also puts Golovkin and Perez on the same event.

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