The first Golden Boy Boxing Series event is set for Saturday, Jan. 12 at the BB&T Center featuring a high-profile junior welterweight showdown between rising Venezuelan star Johan Perez and former World Champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes, with a special guest appearance by former Heavyweight World Champion Evander Holyfield. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes.
Tickets for the Jan. 12 event go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800-745-3000), at www.ticketmaster.com and Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. at the BB&T Center box office.
In addition to the Jan. 12 event, the BB&T Center and Golden Boy will host additional live boxing events on June 1, 2013, Oct. 5, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. Fight fans can purchase annual subscriptions for all four events inclusive of VIP seating and boxing legend meet and greets by calling 954-835-CLUB.
Nicknamed “El Terrible,” Johan Perez (15-1-1, 12 KO’s) is one of Venezuela’s brightest hopes for world title honors and with his fight-ending power and aggressiveness, that world championship can’t come soon enough. A professional since 2005 with an interim WBA World title win to his name, along with a host of regional titles, the 29-year-old Perez made waves in 2011 with his fourth round technical knockout win over Puerto Rico’s Kenny Galarza. Now looking to bounce back from his controversial decision loss to Pablo Cesar Cano in July, Perez has Steve Forbes in his sights.Las Vegas’ Steve Forbes (35-11, 11 KO’s) earned his reputation in the fight game the hard way, taking on the best competition available night in and night out. A former IBF Super Featherweight World Champion, the 35-year-old Forbes has been in the ring with some of the greats in boxing including Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya, Andre Berto, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage and Francisco “Panchito” Bojado, impressing fans with his slick style and unyielding determination to win. Now returning to 140 pounds after stints at welterweight and junior middleweight, Forbes feels that he’s back in championship form.