Welterweight contender Pablo Cesar Cano of Mexico was diagnosed with severe flu and a high fever on Thursday, forcing him to withdraw from his fight against Manuel Perez, Golden Boy Promotions announced.
Cano (25-2-1, 19 KOs), 23, of Mexico, and Perez (19-8-1, 4 KOs), 28, of Denver, were due to meet in the scheduled 10-round main event of the "Golden Boy Live" card at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun, Mexico, on Saturday night.
The fight was supposed to be Cano's first since he knocked down Paulie Malignaggi in the 11th round but lost a debatable split decision in a world title bout in October on the debut card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The card (Fox Deportes, 10 ET) will still go on as scheduled with the 10-round super middleweight co-feature between Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban (19-0, 12 KOs), 28, and Samuel Miller (25-6, 22 KOs), 33, of Colombia, being elevated to the main event.
Moving up from the untelevised undercard into the co-feature slot will be junior featherweight Alberto Guevara (16-1, 16 KOs), 22, of Mexico against countryman Jose Alfredo Tirado (18-10, 11 KOs), 33, who is stepping in to replace Jesus Jimenez because Jimenez was too far off the contract weight for the bout. The 10-round fight will be Guevara's first since giving then-bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz a tough fight in a decision loss in their world title bout in December.
Also on the card, but not scheduled for the broadcast, is former lightweight titlist Jorge Linares (32-3, 20 KOs), who is looking for a second win in a row after back-to-back knockout losses. Linares, of Venezuela, faces David Rodela (16-7-3, 7 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif.
Junior featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz Jr. (2-0, 1 KO), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, and up-and-coming featherweight Julian Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs), the nephew of late junior lightweight champion Genaro Hernandez, are also in action in six-round fights. Diaz faces Alberto Cupido (7-7-2, 6 KOs), and Ramirez is scheduled to face Aaron Olivares (6-3, 2 KOs).