There’s only one Michael on Fidel Maldonado Jr.’ s mind this morning, and his last name is not Perez.
That could change, however, by sometime late Saturday.
Maldonado, Albuquerque’s most successful professional boxer of recent years, is scheduled to face veteran Michael Clark in an eight-round lightweight bout at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoaque. It’s the main event of a seven-bout card promoted by Santa Fe’s Pat Holmes.
Maldonado (20-3, 17 knockouts) is a prohibitive favorite against Clark (44-14-1, 18 KOs), a one-time world title contender who is still fighting at age 42 and has lost his last six fights by knockout.
If Maldonado disposes of Clark, said the Albuquerquean’s father, trainer and manager, Fidel Maldonado Sr., his next fight might be a long-desired rematch with New Jersey fighter Michael Perez (23-1-2, 11 KOs).