Johan “El Terrible” Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela and undefeated Russian boxer Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles press conference ahead of their fight set for Saturday, Aug. 8 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
They were joined by Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-1-2, 14 KOs), and undefeated Manuel “Tino” Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. who will fight as the co-main event. In addition, non-televised fighters Jason Quigley (7-0, 7 KOs) and featherweight Joet Gonzalez (11-0, 4 KOs) also participated in the press conference.
JOHAN PEREZ, Former Interim WBA Light Welterweight Champion and Current NABA Welterweight Champion:
“Thank you to everyone at Golden Boy Promotions; I’m very happy to be here. I know this wont be an easy fight as Dmitry is an undefeated fighter.
“I’m well prepared for this fight and ready to give it my all, give it my best. I know it’s going to be a spectacular fight. Thanks to everyone, and I hope to see you on Saturday.”
DMITRY MIKHAYLENKO, Undefeated Welterweight Contender:
“We came from Russia to train in California. I had a great camp and I am 100 percent ready for the fight on Saturday against Johan Perez.
“Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions, Main Events and German Titov Promotions and to HBO for giving me this opportunity. It’s going to be an exciting fight with a lot of punches. Thanks to my opponent Johan Perez and his team for agreeing to take this fight.”
YOANDRIS “El NINO” SALINAS, Former Bantamweight World Title Contender:
“Thanks to everyone who is here today. I want to let you know I am well prepared. I have a tough task, going against an undefeated fighter in Manuel Avila but, I am coming well prepared so I can be victorious on Saturday without any problem.”
MANUEL “TINO” AVILA, Undefeated Bantamweight Prospect:
“Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions for believing in me and working with me. This is a big step in my career and I’m looking forward to giving you guys a good show on Saturday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.”
JOET GONZALEZ, Undefeated Featherweight Prospect:
“I’m ready for my fight this Saturday. I trained really hard. I want to give you a great fight, and I hope to see you Saturday at Fantasy Springs.”
JASON QUIGLEY, Undefeated Middleweight Prospect:
“I fought on the Herrera-Lundy undercard last month, for those of you that may remember. I’m very appreciative to Golden Boy Promotions for keeping me so busy.
“I moved here from Ireland but this is why I’m here: to be in the ring as much as possible and put on great shows. I smile so much because I get to fight so much. I’m grateful for the opportunities and looking forward to putting on a great show Saturday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.”