Casamayor injury clears way for Cayo-Peterson at Fight Night

Jul 1, 2011 7:32 AM

Due to injuries suffered in a car accident involving former lightweight champion Joel Casamayor, the lineup for the July 29 "Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan" event at the Chelsea Ballroom has changed.

The Casamayor vs. Jorge Teron has been replaced by a 12-round IBF Super Lightweight Elimination bout between IBF No. 3 rated Victor "Mermelada" Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) and No. 4 ranked Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs).

The 10-round light heavyweight showdown between Edison "Pantera" Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) and Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) will remain on the card. The bouts will be televised on ESPN2.

Tickets are on sale now and priced at $250 for VIP tables, $150 for ringside seats, $100 for floor seats, $50 for grandstand seating and $20 for general admission tickets and are available for purchase by calling 877-551-7778 or at

Cayo and Peterson will be fighting for the No. 1 world ranking and the right to face the winner of July 23 bout at MGM Grand between current IBF king Zab Judah and WBA champion Amir Khan.

Cayo is an excellent fighter with good power, speed and incredible elusiveness. The 26-year-old Dominican Republic native started boxing at the age of 11 and had over 300 amateur fights before turning pro.

Peterson, 27, is a six-year pro and a former WBO Interim Junior Welterweight World Champion. He won the title in April 2009 and comes off a 10-round draw last December against Ortiz, who is scheduled for a September bout with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Cayo’s most recent appearance was a first-round knockout over Javier Gomez last October.

"Because of the unfortunate news that happened to Joel Casamayor, we were able to move this sensational Cayo vs. Peterson fight to The Cosmopolitan," explained promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. "That is very good news for the fans in attendance and those who will be watching around the world."

Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.