Mexican junior featherweight contenders Victor Terrazas and Cristian Mijares will meet for a vacant 122-pound world title on April 20 in Mexico City, Zanfer Promotions announced.
Terrazas (36-2-1, 21 KOs) and Mijares (47-6-2, 22 KOs), a former two-time junior bantamweight titleholder, will meet for the 122-pound title recently vacated by Abner Mares.
Mares relinquished the title in order to move up in weight instead of facing Terrazas, a rather unknown contender against whom he would not make significant money. Instead, Mares will challenge featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon in May or June in a high profile and lucrative fight.
Mijares, a 31-year-old southpaw, is riding an 11-fight winning streak since 2009. He unified two junior bantamweight titles in 2008 before being knocked out by Vic Darchinyan in a three-belt unification bout in November 2008. In 2010, Mijares won another junior bantamweight title. He made one defense before vacating the title and moved up two weight classes to junior featherweight.
In his last fight in December, Mijares knocked out former junior featherweight and bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez in the ninth round of a featherweight bout.
Terrazas, 30, has won 10 fights in a row since a ninth-round knockout loss to England's Rendall Munroe in a 2010 title elimination bout.
"I am excited because soon I will go for the title of the world," Terrazas said. "I will go through a great moment in my career and it will be reflected that night. I fought hard for this opportunity. In a fight with Cristian Mijares, I will go for the knockout. We must go in there well prepared to beat him. He was the world champion and has a lot of experience, but I want to be champion and nobody will stop me from reaching my goal."
Terrazas-Mijares will be televised in the United States on Spanish-language network UniMas' "Solo Boxeo Tecate," according to Top Rank president Todd duBoef.
On the undercard, middleweight Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (24-0, 19 KOs), a former three-time Mexican national amateur champion, will fight for the first time since his recent signing with co-promoters Zanfer Promotions and Top Rank.
"This is a huge signing for Top Rank and Zanfer and words cannot express how excited we are to be promoting him," Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. "The sky is the limit for Gilberto. I expect him to have a glorious reign as world champion."
Said Ramirez: "I am very grateful to Bob Arum for showing an interest in promoting me and it's a great motivation for me at this time in my career. I am sure that with Top Rank by my side I will be able to achieved everything I want in boxing, become a world champion and become one of the best boxers in the world."
Managers Jesus and Hector Zapari said one of the reasons they signed Ramirez with Top Rank is because Top Rank promoted all-time great middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
"We are happy to partner with Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions in the development of Gilberto, Hector Zapari said. "Bob Arum has been very successful in this business for a long time and will take Gilberto to the highest level of the sport. He has talent and dedication and Top Rank has the know how to make him a global star."