Lightweights Mickey Bey and Anthony Peterson, longtime friends who have both been out of the ring for more than a year, will return by facing each other.

Bey and Peterson will help kick off Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight week when they meet in a scheduled 10-round bout in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Aug. 22 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 9 p.m. ET) at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas.

Mayweather, whose Mayweather Promotions is putting on the PBC card, is coming out of a 2½-year retirement on Aug. 26 (Showtime PPV) to face UFC star McGregor in a junior middleweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Bey (22-2-1, 10 KOs) is a Cleveland native fighting out of Las Vegas. He won a split decision against Miguel Vazquez to win a 135-pound world title on the Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II undercard in September 2014, but he never defended it and has only fought twice since because of various promotional issues and turning down fights.

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Bey, 34, has not fought since June 2016, when he dropped a split decision while challenging Rances Barthelemy for his old lightweight belt.

“It’s been over a year since I was in the ring and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my career as a fighter and as a man,” Bey said in a news release. “I realize what’s important now and how I can protect my legacy as a fighter. I’ve put in more work for this fight than I have for any other and I’m ready to let my performance speak for me. I’m focusing on my mental toughness and my ring IQ and I’m looking to put on a perfect performance on Aug. 22.”

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Peterson (37-1, 24 KOs), of Washington, D.C., is the younger brother of welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson.

Anthony Peterson, 32, was a rising contender when he met Brandon Rios in 2010 in a lightweight title elimination fight. Peterson got knocked down and lost by seventh-round disqualification for repeated low blows. He has never quite been the same and has fought only seven times since, and not since a 10-round decision win against Samuel Kotey Neequaye in April 2016 on the Adrien Broner-Ashley Theophane undercard.

“I’m just happy to be back in the ring and fighting again,” Peterson said in the news release. “I’ve known Mickey Bey for years and he’s a good friend of mine. But business is business and on Aug. 22 I will be all business when I step into the ring.”

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In the 10-round co-feature, former bantamweight world titleholder Juan Carlos Payano (18-1, 9 KOs), a two-time Olympian, and Alexis Santiago (21-4-1, 8 KOs) will square off.

Payano, 33, of the Dominican Republic, lost his 118-pound world title to Rau’shee Warren by majority decision in a rematch in June 2016 and has won once since, a seventh-round knockout of Isao Gonzalo Carranza in January.

Santiago, 26, of Phoenix, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Jose Cayetano in 11 months ago and is taking a big step up in the level of his opposition.


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