ATLANTIC CITY - The fight has been the talk of the local boxing community for weeks.
It will happen at Resorts Casino Hotel on Saturday, when Galloway Township's Shamone Alvarez (21-5, 12 KOs) meets Egg Harbor Township's DeCarlo Perez (7-2-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round junior-middleweight fight.
"I really don't have anything to gain from this, but I just want to shut Perez and his team up," Alvarez said. "They disrespected me by challenging me and I don't appreciate it. They think I'm old and washed up. I'm not. I'm not done and they're going to find that out."
Alvarez and his manager/trainer Arnold Robbins believe Perez and his handlers broke an unofficial code of ethics in pursuing the fight. Local fighters rarely face each other unless it is between two young prospects or two veteran contenders vying for a world title. In most cases, they encourage one another, even if they train at different gyms.
"I don't usually get too emotional about fights, but this one goes beyond boxing," Robbins said. "I want Shamone to destroy this boy in the worst way."
In Saturday's main event, Somers Point middleweight Patrick Majewski (19-1, 13 KOs), will meet Philadelphia's Latif Mundy (10-4, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. Majewski, who is ranked 12th by the WBC, beat Munday via unanimous decision three years ago.
Atlantic City police officer Adrian Wilson, a welterweight, will make his pro debut in a four-rounder against former Polish amateur standout Patryck Szymanski (1-0, 1 KO).
Tickets are priced at $50, $75 and $100 and are available through pressofatlanticcity.com/tickets.