ATLANTIC CITY - Somers Point middleweight Patrick Majewski will fight for a title tonight at Resorts Casino Hotel.
Galloway Township junior-middleweight Shamone Alvarez will fight for something much more valuable - respect.
Majewski (19-1, 13 KOs), currently No. 12 in the WBC's world rankings, is vying for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental championship in the 10-round main event. The 32-year-old native of Radom, Poland, will face Philadelphia native Latif Mundy (10-4, 4 KOs). Majewski and Mundy also fought three years ago, with Majewski winning an eight-round, unanimous decision.
"Having fought him before, I know what to expect, but I also have to be ready for anything," Majewski said. "The first fight was tough. I knocked him down once and he cut me. I want to see how much I've progressed and how much better I am now than I was three years ago."
Alvarez (21-5, 12 KOs), 35, will try to snap a three-fight losing streak in an eight-round co-feature against Egg Harbor Township resident DeCarlo Perez (7-2-1, 2 KOs).
The bout has been the talk of the local boxing community for weeks. Perez, 21, challenged Alvarez on at least three occasions over the past two years. Alvarez originally had no interest in the fight, in part because of his vast edge in experience, but ultimately agreed.
"If he wants to fight me that bad, I've got no problem with it," Alvarez said. "I really don't have anything to gain from this, but I just want to shut Perez and his team up. 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 Perez used to spar together but stopped about two years ago.
Perez has been longing for the chance to fight him ever since.
"I know this is a step up for me, but how else am I going to see where I stand unless I take these kinds of fights?" Perez said. "I want to fight Shamone now, when he's the best that he can be, instead of waiting. I hope he's ready because I am. My time is now."
Alvarez and his manager/
trainer, Arnold Robbins, said Perez and his handlers broke an unofficial code of ethics in pursuing the fight. Local fighters rarely face each other unless they are 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.
Mutual respect and support were among the reasons why the late Leavander Johnson never got into the ring against fellow Atlantic City fighter John Brown, why Middle Township's Chuck Mussachio likely never will take on Atlantic City's Lavarn Harvell.
"If they wanted to fight somebody from around here, why not challenge (Atlantic City middleweight) Isiah Seldon (6-0, 3 KOs) or (Atlantic City welterweight) Anthony Young (6-0, 2 KOs)?" Robbins said. "I don't usually get too emotional about fights, but this one goes beyond boxing. I want Shamone to destroy this boy in the worst way."
Five other fights are scheduled tonight, including a four-round welterweight bout between debuting Adrian Wilson of Atlantic City and former Polish amateur champ Patryck Szymanski (1-0, 1 KO). Wilson, 23, is an Atlantic City police officer.
Doors to the Superstar Theatre open at 7 p.m. with the first bout slated for 7:30. Tickets, priced at $50, $75 and $100 are available through PressofAtlanticCity.com/tickets. The card also will be shown on gofightlive.tv for $9.99.
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