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News: Darley Perez; Santander Silgado; Joe DeGuardia

ORANGE, CA - The return of undefeated Colombian slugger Darley Perez takes place on Thompson Boxing Promotions "PATH TO GLORY" card at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, April 6.

After taking down two opponents in nearby Santa Ynez Valley the Colombian lightweight assassin Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) takes on Tijuana's Alain "Konan" Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) in the main event scheduled for eight rounds.

Perez, 28, had a three fight knockout streak going until sturdy rock-chinned Fernando Trejo forced a distance fight. That's not unusual. Still, Perez had stopped Oscar Meza, Baudel Cardenas and Wilson Alcorro in their tracks. The Colombian has speed and power and is eager to display them to the always knowledgeable fight crowd at the Doubletree Hotel.

Hernandez, 33, looks to snap a two-fight losing streak when he meets Perez in the ring. His last loss was a five round outing against undefeated former lightweight world champion Paul Spadafora. That's not a bad showing and he looks to begin a winning streak against a rising contender.

Tickets for "PATH TO GLORY" are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

In the co-main event Riverside's Jose "El Niño" Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) of South Carolina in an 8-round junior welterweight clash.

Reynoso, 27, a slick southpaw boxer out of the Capital Punishment Gym, has not suffered a defeat in nearly three years. The Riverside native has never been defeated in California and all of his wins in the last eight years were against opponents with solid, winning records. Reynoso's most impressive win came against fellow Riverside prizefighter Hector Serrano.

Hope, 28, may not have a sterling record but when you look at his past fights he has fought some of the best junior welterweight prospects in the country including Frankie Gomez, Jose Benavidez, Chris Algieri and Jake Giuriceo to name a few. The South Carolina fighter will give anyone he fights a difficult time. He fought undefeated Bayan Jargal to a draw in 2010.

A super bantamweight showdown features undefeated Jonathan "Lil Thunder" Arellano (11-0-1) facing Calexico's hard-hitting Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout. Ontario's Arellano has a mix of speed and movement that confuses opponents who have all failed to adjust.

Cota is a rough and tough junior featherweight originally out of Mexicali. He recently gave Walter Sarnoi all he can handle and always looks for the knockout. He'll be gunning for Arellano.

Other fights on the card include a welterweight clash between San Bernardino's Joshua Conley (1-0) and L.A.'s Eduardo Herrera (0-4); and other fights showcasing Marcos Brenes, Edgar Flores and debuting twin brother pugilists Carlos Chavez and Alex Chavez.

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm.  The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.

In order to get where he ultimately wants to reach in the cruiserweight division, undefeated prospect Santander "Demolition Man" Silgado (20-0, 18 KOs) has to get past gatekeeper Willie Herring in Saturday night's eight-round bout, on the Zab Judah-Vernon Paris card, at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Silgado-Herring will be taped live and aired the following day on SportsNet New York ("SNY").

Silgado, now living in Brooklyn, is a knockout specialist from Colombia, as well as arguably the best kept secret in boxing. Fighting for only the second time in the United States, the 26-year-old "Demolition Man" understands that he has to impressively beat veteran Herring (13-9-3, 4 KOs) in order to get closer to being mentioned in the world title shot mix.

Herring is a legitimate upset specialist having stopped former world title challenger Ravea Springs (18-3) by way of his sixth-round technical knockout victory in his last action, in addition to a shocking 2005 split-decision win against another world title challenger, previously unbeaten Troy Ross. The experienced Herring has also fought a draw with Shaun George and been in the ring with world-class Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera, Olympians Carlos Negron (Puerto Rico) and Victor Bisbal (Brazil), world title challenger Matt Godfrey. Former NABF champion Emmanuel Nwodo is the only fighter to stop Herring in 25 pro fights.

"I have to go through Herring to get where I want to be in the cruiserweight division," Silgado said. "It doesn't really matter what people know or say about who I've fought in the past. I have a great record and will take over the division. I've overcome a lot and will continue to do so by training hard. This year is all about me getting in position for a world title shot."

Silgado, a seven-time Colombian National amateur champion, has a rich amateur pedigree with nearly 200 amateur fights. He is presently rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA") and No. 15 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC").

His highly-respected head trainer, Francisco Guzman Sr., knows they can't afford to look past Herring. "I'm an old-fashioned trainer," he commented. "I learned a long time ago never to take any opponent lightly. Herring is a good fighter and we must capitalize on this opportunity."

NEW YORK, NY - Veteran boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, founder and CEO of the Bronx-based Star Boxing, will be the special guest speaker for Ring 8's monthly meeting this evening (Tuesday Mar. 20 @ 7 PM/ET) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

DeGuardia has promoted former world champions such as Antonio Tarver and Lou De Valle, as well as major events including Tarver vs. Bernard Hopkins, Tarver-Glen Johnson and the complete Tarver vs. Roy Jones, Jr. Trilogy

A lawyer who graduated from Fordham University and Hofstra Law School, DeGuardia is the President of the Boxing Promoters Association ("BPA") and was also a Golden Gloves Champion (147lb open class,1998).  Among Star Boxing's top fighters are junior middleweights Delvin Rodriguez, who was a participant in Ring 8's 2011 Fighter of the Year (with Pawel Wolak), and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (now 16-0 as a professional).

"Joe ran his father's Morris Park Boxing Club in the Bronx and then he was a boxing manager," Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. "As a top promoter and president of the BPA, Joe has unique insights into the boxing industry. We're grateful that he accepted our offer to be this month's guest speaker and I'm sure our members will have plenty of interesting questions for Joe.   

Ring 8 will also be holding a clothing drive at this meeting. Coats are being collected, in association with the Mark Breland Foundation, to donate to needy boxers.

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