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Raul Perez Puts His Title on Line at Sports Arena

Raul Perez will defend his World Boxing Council bantamweight championship tonight at the Sports Arena against Lucio Lopez.

Perez, 22, a tall, skinny boxer from Tijuana, won the title from Colombian Miguel Lora in Las Vegas last November. Lopez (28-2-1), from Argentina, is the South American champion.

Lora defended the WBC championship several times without so much as a close fight until Perez (42-1-1) upset him on the undercard of the Michael Nunn-Fulgencio Obelmejias card. Lopez lost a 12-round decision to Lora last April in Colombia.

Two 10-round bouts match bantamweights Jose Valdez and Lucilo Nolasco, and welterweights Genaro Leon and Octavio Robles, who were teammates on Mexico’s 1984 Olympic team.

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