Perez to Fight Mendoza at Forum

A familiar main-event fighter and a fast-rising newcomer headline tonight's Forum boxing show.

Raul Perez of Tijuana, onetime world bantamweight champion, will try to take Luis Mendoza's World Boxing Assn. junior-featherweight title in a 12-rounder.

And in a 10-round opener to the Forum's eight-boxer super-flyweight tournament, Cecilio Espino (18-1) of Los Angeles meets Abner Barajas (15-6) of Phoenix.

Perez (47-2-1) hopes the recent Forum jinx on world champions works in his favor. Of the last six Forum title fights, the champion has lost in five of them. Mendoza (31-2-2), from Colombia, is defending his 122-pound title for the fifth time.

Perez defended his World Boxing Council bantamweight championship eight times until losing a Forum decision to Greg Richardson last February.

It's the Forum's seventh championship fight in the past 11 months.

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