Yonnhy Pérez

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Yonnhy Pérez
Statistics
Real name Yonnhy Pérez
Nickname(s) El Colombiano
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Colombian
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 35)
Cartagena, Colombia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 20
Wins by KO 14
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 0

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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Bantamweight champion[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Perez vs. Agbeko II[edit]

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.[6]

Professional record[edit]

20 Wins (14 Knockouts), 2 Defeats, 1 Draw[7]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 20–2–1 Armenia Vic Darchinyan TD 5 (12), 1:07 2011-04-23 United States Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California For vacant IBO bantamweight title
Loss 20–1–1 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 2010-12-11 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington Lost IBF bantamweight title
Draw 20–0–1 Mexico Abner Mares MD 12 2010-05-22 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained IBF bantamweight title
Win 20–0 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 2009-10-31 United States Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF bantamweight title
Win 19–0 South Africa Silence Mabuza TKO 12 (12), 1:06 2009-05-29 South Africa Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng IBF bantamweight title eliminator
Win 18–0 United States David Martinez TKO 6 (10), 2:41 2008-09-05 United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada
Win 17–0 Mexico Oscar Andrade UD 10 2008-06-27 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California Won vacant NABF bantamweight title
Win 16–0 Mexico Manuel Sarabia UD 6 2008-05-02 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 15–0 Mexico Alex Becerra KO 4 (8), 0:39 2008-03-01 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 14–0 Russia Alexander Fedorov TKO 4 (10), 0:44 2007-10-05 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California
Win 13–0 Colombia Antonio Maria Cochero Diaz RTD 2 (8), 3:00 2007-09-07 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 12–0 Puerto Rico José Laureano TKO 3 (8), 0:19 2007-07-28 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Win 11–0 Mexico Samuel Lopez KO 1 (10), 2:00 2007-05-25 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 10–0 Mexico Oscar Andrade UD 8 2007-03-24 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Luis Agosto TKO 2 (6), 1:08 2007-02-23 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 8–0 Mexico Arturo Bracamontes KO 6 2006-11-20 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 7–0 Mexico Arturo Bracamontes UD 6 2006-10-16 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 6–0 United States Larry Olvera TKO 6 (8), 2:09 2006-09-15 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California
Win 5–0 Mexico Israel Navarrete KO 2 (6) 2006-07-14 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win 4–0 Mexico Daniel Quevedo UD 6 2006-06-16 United States Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California
Win 3–0 Dominican Republic Edison Morillo RTD 1 (6), 3:00 2006-05-19 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win 2–0 United States Leshaun Blair TKO 4 (4), 2:09 2005-09-01 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 1–0 United States Steve Lozoya TKO 1 (4), 1:52 2005-07-30 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona pro debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE RING RATINGS, Bantamweight". The Ring. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "boxer: Yonnhy Perez". Boxrec. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Perez KOs Mabuza". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Yonnhy Perez Dethrones Joseph Agbeko". Boxing fanhouse. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Perez keeps IBF bantam belt with majority draw". USA Today. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Blake, Brian O. (4 October 2010). "Showtime Holds Press Conference For Upcoming Bantamweight Tournament". SportsBettingWorld.com. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Yonnhy Pérez' Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-09.

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Preceded by
Joseph Agbeko
IBF Bantamweight Champion
31 October 2009 – 11 December 2010
Succeeded by
Joseph Agbeko