Mike Perez (boxer)
|Real name||Ismaikel Pérez|
|Height||6 ft (183 cm)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
20 October 1985 |
Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
|Wins by KO||13|
Perez was a successful amateur boxer in Cuba. In 2005, while competing with the Cuban team at a tournament in Liverpool, he caught the eye of Irish boxing promoter Gary Hyde. Hyde later expressed his desire to turn Perez professional, and to do that he had to arrange his defection from Cuba. In December 2007, under cover of darkness, Perez swam offshore from Cuba, to a boat manned by a Mexican cartel. After transferring through two other boats, enduring storms and depleted food and water supplies, Perez eventually reached Mexican soil nine days later. The Cartel then held him there, until they secured final payment from organizer, Gary Hyde. Upon receiving it, Perez was released, allowing him to board a flight to his new home. On January 10, 2008, Perez touched down in Ireland, where he settled in Cork along with fellow Cubans Alexei Acosta and Luis Garcia. Today, he fights under the nickname Mike "The Rebel" Perez, in reference to Cork which is known as the "The Rebel County".
Perez had over 400 amateur bouts. In 2004, he won gold at the World Junior Championships in Jeju City, South Korea. The southpaw beat Englishman Danny Price in the semifinals, before defeating Russian fighter Nikolay Pavlyukov 38-16 in the final. Perez later beat fighters such as Kenneth Egan and Constantin Bejenaru, but moved up to 201 lbs and initially struggled against world class competition like Luis Ortiz, who beat him in 2006 to become the Cuban national champion. Perez avenged that loss in the 2007 championships, but lost to Osmay Acosta in that year's final.
In 2008, Perez turned professional under Cuban coach Nicholas Cruz Hernández, who had also moved to Ireland in 1988.
On 7 May 2011, Perez won the International Prizefighter tournament, held in London, England. Perez faced Kertson Manswell and Gregory Tony, before defeating American fighter Tye Fields in the final to take home the £32,000 prize. After the fight, Perez stated the victory would earn him a world title shot in the near future.
Perez made his United States debut on 30 December 2011, against the Nigerian heavyweight boxer Friday Ahunanya. The location for the fight was Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California. Perez won a unanimous decision, by winning all of the rounds, on the judges' scorecards.
After a hiatus through 2012, Perez returned to the ring in May 2013. On the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko vs. Francesco Pianeta, he met American fighter Travis Walker. After 10 rounds, he took the win by way of unanimous decision.
On November 2, 2013, he made his HBO debut by defeating undefeated Russian Magomed Abdusalomov at Madison Square Garden. He won by unanimous decision after a brutally-fought 10 rounds, that left Abdusalamov permanently and severely injured. Mike Perez returned on January 18, 2014 to fight Carlos Takam at the Bell Centre in Montreal for a MD Draw. The fight was shown on HBO on the Pascal vs Bute under card.
On May 22, 2015 Perez was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin 91 seconds into a WBC heavyweight title eliminator.
Professional boxing record
|21 Wins (13 Knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw |
|Loss||21-2-1||Alexander Povetkin||KO||1 (12), 1:31||2015-05-22||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia||For WBC Silver Heavyweight title|
|Win||21-1-1||Darnell Wilson||TKO||2 (8), 0:59||2015-02-05||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, United States|
|Loss||20-1-1||Bryant Jennings||SD||12||2014-07-26||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States|
|Draw||20-0-1||Carlos Takam||MD||10||2014-01-18||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||20–0||Magomed Abdusalamov||UD||10||2013-11-02||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States||Won USNBC Heavyweight title|
|Win||19–0||Travis Walker||UD||10||2013-05-04||SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Win||18–0||Friday Ahunanya||UD||10||2011-12-30||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States|
|Win||17–0||Zack Page||PTS||8||2011-11-09||York Hall, London, England|
|Win||16–0||Tye Fields||TKO||1 (3), 0:42||2011-05-07||Alexandra Palace, London, England||Won Prizefighter final|
|Win||15–0||Gregory Tony||TKO||1 (3), 0:54||2011-05-07||Alexandra Palace, London, England||Won Prizefighter semi-final|
|Win||14–0||Kertson Manswell||UD||3||2011-05-07||Alexandra Palace, London, England||Won Prizefighter quarter-final|
|Win||13–0||Ismail Abdoul||PTS||8||2011-03-04||Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, England|
|Win||12–0||Pavel Dolgovs||TKO||1 (6), 1:41||2010-11-06||University Arena, Limerick, Ireland|
|Win||11–0||Jason Barnett||KO||1 (8), 2:40||2010-06-26||Neptune Sports Arena, Cork, Ireland|
|Win||10–0||Tomas Mrazek||TKO||3 (4), 1:48||2010-05-15||University Arena, Limerick, Ireland|
|Win||9–0||Edgars Kalnars||TKO||1 (4), 0:48||2010-05-15||University Arena, Limerick, Ireland|
|Win||8–0||Zack Page||PTS||8||2009-02-28||Lightfoot Centre, Newcastle, England|
|Win||7–0||Harry Duiven Jr||KO||2 (6), 0:22||2009-01-17||Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork, Ireland|
|Win||6–0||Luis Oscar Ricail||TKO||1 (6), 1:24||2008-10-26||Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Ireland|
|Win||5–0||Claudemir Dias||KO||1 (8), 0:22||2008-09-13||Neptune Sports Arena, Cork, Ireland|
|Win||4–0||Howard Daley||TKO||1 (4), 1:27||2008-04-12||Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Ireland|
|Win||3–0||Tomasz Zeprzalka||PTS||6||2008-03-22||National Boxing Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||2–0||Sandor Balogh||TKO||1 (4), 0:41||2008-02-02||University Arena, Limerick, Ireland|
|Win||1–0||Jevgenijs Stamburskis||TKO||1 (4), 1:35||2008-01-26||Neptune Sports Arena, Cork, Ireland||Professional debut|
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- "Perez powers to victory". SkySports.
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-  Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Scott Christ. "Golovkin vs Stevens results: Mike Perez wins brutal decision over Magomed Abdusalamov". Bad Left Hook.
- Tim Smith. "Mike Perez: Title Shot Ahead, Disabled Foe Behind". Bleacher Report.
- "Mike Perez-Carlos Takam on Pascal-Bute Undercard - Boxing News". boxingscene.com.
- "Mike Perez: 'big mouth Fury isn't as Irish as me'". The Irish Sports Council. September 2011.
- Professional boxing record for Mike Perez from BoxRec
- Amateur record at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)
- Bleacher Report - The Top 10 Heavyweight Prospects in the World