There has been a change to the televised line-up for Golden Boy's Aug. 8 HBO Latino card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, the promoter announced on Wednesday.
The new co-feature will be a scheduled 10-round junior featherweight bout between former title challenger Miami-based Cuban defector Yoandris Salinas (21-1-2, 14 KOs) and Manuel "Tino" Avila (17-0, 7 KOs), of Fairfield, California. In 2013, Salinas fought to a draw with defending 122-pound titleholder Scott Quigg.
The fight replaces the original heavyweight co-feature between big puncher Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs), also a Cuban defector, who was supposed to have his second bout since returning from an eight-month suspension for a failed steroid test, and Alonzo Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
According to Golden Boy, Butler failed to sign the contract he had agreed to and pulled out of the bout without an explanation and the budget wasn't there for a new decent opponent on relatively short notice.
The headliner remains a scheduled 12-round welterweight match between Johan Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs), a former interim junior welterweight titlist from Venezuela, who has won six fights in a row, and Russia's Dmitry Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs).
In the 10-round opener, Philadelphia southpaw Tevin Farmer (19-4-1, 4 KOs) will fight Mexico's Juan Rodriguez (25-5, 22 KOs) in a junior lightweight bout.