|Real name||Yonnhy Pérez|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
18 January 1979 |
|Wins by KO||14|
Yonnhy Pérez (born 18 January 1979 in Cartagena, Colombia), is a professional boxer who resides in Santa Fe Springs, California. He is the former IBF Bantamweight champion. Ring Magazine currently rates Pérez at number seven in the bantamweight division.
Although born in Colombia, Pérez has fought all but one of his professional fights in the United States. He made his debut on 30 July 2005 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 26. Pérez made a winning start to his career, knocking out Steve Lozoya in the first round.
Pérez faced his biggest challenge on 29 May 2009, when he travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa to fight Silence Mabuza in an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator. Mabuza, a native of Johannesburg, was a former world champion and had only lost to the renowned Mexican Rafael Marquez. Despite trailing on all three scorecards, Pérez was able to knock Mabuza out in the final round.
In his first world title fight Pérez successfully challenged the IBF champion, Joseph Agbeko from Ghana. Agbeko, who in his previous fight defeated Vic Darchinyan, suffered a knockdown (a result of an unintentional headbutt) in the tenth round en route to losing his title to Pérez via a unanimous decision.
On 22 May 2010, Pérez, defending his IBF title for the first time, fought to a majority draw against the unbeaten Mexican Abner Mares. One judge scored the bout 115–113 in favor of Mares while the other two scored it 114–114 even, resulting in Pérez retaining his title. After the fight both boxers claimed that the decision should have gone their way and have both expressed interest in a rematch.
Perez vs. Agbeko II
Rather than an immediate rematch with Mares, Perez will be facing Joseph Agbeko for the second time in the first round of Showtime's upcoming bantamweight tournament while Mares faces Vic Darchinyan live from Guanajuato, Mexico on 11 December. The winners of both fights will face each other sometime in early 2011.
|20 Wins (14 Knockouts), 2 Defeats, 1 Draw|
|Loss||20–2–1||Vic Darchinyan||TD||5 (12), 1:07||2011-04-23||Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California||For vacant IBO bantamweight title|
|Loss||20–1–1||Joseph Agbeko||UD||12||2010-12-11||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington||Lost IBF bantamweight title|
|Draw||20–0–1||Abner Mares||MD||12||2010-05-22||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||Retained IBF bantamweight title|
|Win||20–0||Joseph Agbeko||UD||12||2009-10-31||Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won IBF bantamweight title|
|Win||19–0||Silence Mabuza||TKO||12 (12), 1:06||2009-05-29||Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng||IBF bantamweight title eliminator|
|Win||18–0||David Martinez||TKO||6 (10), 2:41||2008-09-05||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada|
|Win||17–0||Oscar Andrade||UD||10||2008-06-27||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California||Won vacant NABF bantamweight title|
|Win||16–0||Manuel Sarabia||UD||6||2008-05-02||Home Depot Center, Carson, California|
|Win||15–0||Alex Becerra||KO||4 (8), 0:39||2008-03-01||Home Depot Center, Carson, California|
|Win||14–0||Alexander Fedorov||TKO||4 (10), 0:44||2007-10-05||Omega Products International, Corona, California|
|Win||13–0||Antonio Maria Cochero Diaz||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||2007-09-07||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||12–0||José Laureano||TKO||3 (8), 0:19||2007-07-28||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington|
|Win||11–0||Samuel Lopez||KO||1 (10), 2:00||2007-05-25||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California|
|Win||10–0||Oscar Andrade||UD||8||2007-03-24||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California|
|Win||9–0||Luis Agosto||TKO||2 (6), 1:08||2007-02-23||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California|
|Win||8–0||Arturo Bracamontes||KO||6||2006-11-20||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California|
|Win||7–0||Arturo Bracamontes||UD||6||2006-10-16||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California|
|Win||6–0||Larry Olvera||TKO||6 (8), 2:09||2006-09-15||Omega Products International, Corona, California|
|Win||5–0||Israel Navarrete||KO||2 (6)||2006-07-14||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California|
|Win||4–0||Daniel Quevedo||UD||6||2006-06-16||Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California|
|Win||3–0||Edison Morillo||RTD||1 (6), 3:00||2006-05-19||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California|
|Win||2–0||Leshaun Blair||TKO||4 (4), 2:09||2005-09-01||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||1–0||Steve Lozoya||TKO||1 (4), 1:52||2005-07-30||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona||pro debut|
- "THE RING RATINGS, Bantamweight". The Ring. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "boxer: Yonnhy Perez". Boxrec. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Perez KOs Mabuza". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Yonnhy Perez Dethrones Joseph Agbeko". Boxing fanhouse. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Perez keeps IBF bantam belt with majority draw". USA Today. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- Blake, Brian O. (4 October 2010). "Showtime Holds Press Conference For Upcoming Bantamweight Tournament". SportsBettingWorld.com. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- Yonnhy Pérez' Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-09.
|IBF Bantamweight Champion
31 October 2009 – 11 December 2010