Promoter Bob Arum announced Thursday that the WBC No.1-rated welterweight contender Carlos “El Potro” Abregu had signed an exclusive contract with Top Rank.
Abregu will make his Top Rank and his 2013 debut on April 27. He’ll be facing Top-Five contender Antonin Decarie, in Buenos Aires, in a 12-round welterweight bout for the vacant WBC Silver Championship.
The Abregu vs. Decarie fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, as part of a tripleheader which will also feature the Sergio Martinez vs. Martin Murray WBC middleweight title fight, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"We are delighted to have Carlos as part of our Top Rank group of fighters. He is a good, strong welterweight who will perform at the highest level against top competition," said Arum.
Abregu (34-1, 28 KOs), from Salta, Argentina, is a two-time South American welterweight champion. He enters this fight riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak with all five victories coming by way of knockout. In his last fight, on October 27, he knocked out the previously undefeated contender Thomas Dulorme in the seventh round of their HBO-televised bout.
Decarie (34-1, 28 KOs), of Laval, Québec, Canada, is world-rated No. 5 by the WBC.