Nothing ever seems to go as it's supposed to when it comes to the burgeoning boxing career of Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan.
Long hampered throughout his unbeaten career by injuries — in large part due to his hard-hitting style in the gym — and untimely fight cancellations, Hovhannisyan was set to face Logan McGuinness in the main event of Showtime’s “Showbox” series on Feb. 22 from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon.
But, McGuinness is out, according to Hovhannisyan’s manager, George Bastmajyan.
But, all is not lost for Glendale’s Hovhannisyan, as the Glendale Fighting Club prospect is still set for the “Showbox” main event and will now face Alejandro Perez for the North American Boxing Assn. super featherweight (130 pounds) interim title and the hopeful ascent to the No. 2 ranking in the World Boxing Assn., Bastmajyan said.
An added element to facing Perez is that Hovhannisyan and his GFC contingent are very familiar with the 26-year-old pugilist, who trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club. Bastmajyan said Perez and Hovhannisyan have likely sparred at least 80 rounds.