SAN ANTONIO, TX (August 26, 2015) – Unbeaten rising star, super-featherweight Mario Barrios (10-0, 5 KOs), will make a quick return back to the ring on Sunday, September 6, 2015 against Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-12, 27 KOs). The eight-round bout will take place at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
This past July, Barrios went the distance in his first eight-round bout, proving to himself that he can fight effectively in the later rounds if need be.
“My last night I went eight rounds for the first time, and to be honest, I felt I could’ve went twelve easily. That’s a testament to my team and everyone around me that’s helping me get better. I still have a lot to learn, but I feel my jab is getting much better. I’m starting to set up my combinations with my jab, and I can see why that punch is so important. I’m steadily working on using my height and reach advantage.”
Managed by Al Haymon, Barrios is staying busy as this will be his fourth fight of the year. As his career is ascending, Barrios is grateful for the great team around him.
“I’m very thankful to be fighting so soon. I want to thank Al Haymon, as well as my core team, for all their hard work. Everyone is doing a fantastic job guiding my career, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my progress. I know I’m a long way from my dream of becoming a world champion, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. With a lot of hard work, I know I can accomplish that dream.”
The event is headlined by former world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) and features the rematch between bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and exciting brawler Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs). Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS will air the event live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas Sunday, September 6. The telecast kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.