Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Head-to-head analysis: Perez vs. Mares
YONNHY PEREZ vs. ABNER MARES
When: Saturday, May 22
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
TV: Showtime, 9 pm. ET (live) / PT (delayed)
Weight: Bantamweight (118 pounds)
Title(s) at stake: Perez’s bantamweight title
Also on the card: Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez, 12 rounds, featherweights (their fourth fight).
Height / Reach: 5-7 (170cm) / 68 (173cm)
Hometown: Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (from Cartagena, Colombia)
Turned pro: 2005
Record: 20-0 (14 knockouts)
Trainer: Danny Zamora
The Ring rating: No. 4 bantamweight
Titles: IBF bantamweight (2009-current)
Biggest victories: Silence Mabuza, May 29, 2009, TKO 12 (title eliminator); Joseph Agbeko, Oct. 31, 2009, UD 12 (won IBF title).
Height: 5-5 (165cm) / 68 (173)
Hometown: Norwalk, Calif. (born in Guadalajara, Mexico)
Turned pro: 1995
Record: 20-0 (13 knockouts)
Trainer: Joel Diaz
The Ring rating: No. 8 bantamweight
Biggest victory: Diosdado Gabi, March 15, 2008, TKO 2.