MICHAEL Domingo’s dream is a step closer to becoming a reality as he is set to challenge undefeated Colombian world champion Yonnhy Perez for the International Boxing Federation bantamweight crown on March 6 in California.

“We have already signed the contract. We are waiting for the return contract and hope it will be finalized within the next two days,” said ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer.

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The good news came after Domingo, who is 39-14-2 with 17 knockouts, got snubbed by Fernando Montiel in his WBO bantamweight title defense.

Instead of facing Domingo, the Mexican picked the younger Ciso Morales as his challenger for Pinoy Power III.

“He has been waiting for this offer. It is Michael’s dream of fighting for a world d title,” said Aldeguer.

The 30-year-old Perez is one of the most dangerous world champions in the division and has an unblemished record of 20 wins and 14 knockouts.

“Perez is one of the toughest world champions. This will be a tough fight for Michael because Perez is undefeated and at his peak. He is a technical fighter and is very versatile,” said Aldeguer.

Although Perez is one of the best in the 118-pound category, Aldeguer is optimistic of the 30-year-old Domingo’s chances of winning this fight.

“Michael has matured. He has the chance and the tools to win this fight. Michael has to be more aggressive. He has to show that he is a champion in the making. He has to control the fight,” said Aldeguer.

If Domingo wins, he will be the second world champion of the ALA stable.