The World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight champion, Colombian Darley Pérez, will be making the first defense of his title against Venezuelan Challenger Jaider Parra, the main fight of the 30th edition of the WBA KO Drugs Festival, on Friday, October 24, in the covered Coliseum of the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia.
The event that is promoted by Cuadrilátero, headed by the young promoter Sergio Chams, together with the WBA and its Executive Vice President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, pays posthumous tribute to the biggest boxing promoter in the history of Colombia, Billy Chams from Barranquilla, who made 15 Colombians world champions.
The contenders of main fight, promoter Chams, WBA directors Aurelio Fiengo, the local authorities, former triple world champion Hilario Zapata and other fighters who will see action at the festival, participated on Wednesday afternoon in a very crowded press conference, at the Barranquilla Plaza Hotel.
“I am very happy to fight for another world title fight. I am proud to fight the champion and on the 24 he will see who is better prepared,” said Parra.
“For me this is one more opportunity.” I have prepared physical and psychologically to 100%. The title stays at home and I will fight the war until the final round. On Friday we will see who the best is,” doom champion Perez.
The other world title fight in this Boxing Festival will be for the WBA Super bantamweight vacant title between the Colombian Palmera and the Venezuelan Ana Lozano.
The famous international ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., and the WBA featherweight world champion Nicholas Walters from Jamaica will attend the festival.
Lennon Lennon has always been an unconditional ally of the WBA social responsibility program and loyal companion in the anti-drug fight campaign of the organization.
While Walters is a KO Drugs born figure and won his championship in Jamaica in December 2012.
Zapata, Together with Colombian former world champion, Fidel Bassa, will be dictating a conference on Thursday in Hogares Crea, Barranquilla.
A special attraction of the festival, former super bantamweight International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion, Colombian Jhonatan “momo” Romero, will see the action.
The Panamanian ranked Gilberto “cacique” Pedroza will fight Colombian Robert Barrera for the Fedelatin minimum title.
The Super Featherweight Venezuelan champion Sandro Hernández, is challenging the WBA Fedelatin champion Arístides Pérez.
The Venezuelan Alexis Díaz will fight the Colombian Luis De la Rosa, for the WBA Fedelatin minimum title.
Colombian José Sanmartín will battle against Franklin Manzanilla, for the WBA Fedebol Super Bantamweight.