Mike Perez (boxer)

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Mike Perez
Statistics
Real name Ismaikel Pérez
Nickname(s) The Rebel
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Nationality Cuban
Born (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 31)
Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 21
Wins by KO 13
Losses 2
Draws 1

Ismaikel "Mike" Perez (born 20 October 1985) is a Cuban professional boxer competing as a heavyweight.[1]

Background[edit]

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".[2][3]

Amateur career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[4][5]

He then fought and won against American journeyman Zack Page in a rematch on November 9, 2011, in York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.[6]

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.[7]

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,[8] that left Abdusalamov permanently and severely injured.[9] 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.[10]

On May 22, 2015 Perez was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin 91 seconds into a WBC heavyweight title eliminator.

Personal life[edit]

Mike Perez is residing at Cork City Ireland.[2][11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

21 Wins (13 Knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw [6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 21-2-1 Russia Alexander Povetkin KO 1 (12), 1:31 2015-05-22 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia For WBC Silver Heavyweight title
Win 21-1-1 United States Darnell Wilson TKO 2 (8), 0:59 2015-02-05 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, United States
Loss 20-1-1 United States Bryant Jennings SD 12 2014-07-26 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Draw 20-0-1 France Carlos Takam MD 10 2014-01-18 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 20–0 Russia Magomed Abdusalamov UD 10 2013-11-02 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won USNBC Heavyweight title
Win 19–0 United States Travis Walker UD 10 2013-05-04 Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Win 18–0 Nigeria Friday Ahunanya UD 10 2011-12-30 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States
Win 17–0 United States Zack Page PTS 8 2011-11-09 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
Win 16–0 United States Tye Fields TKO 1 (3), 0:42 2011-05-07 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England Won Prizefighter final
Win 15–0 France Gregory Tony TKO 1 (3), 0:54 2011-05-07 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England Won Prizefighter semi-final
Win 14–0 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell UD 3 2011-05-07 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England Won Prizefighter quarter-final
Win 13–0 Belgium Ismail Abdoul PTS 8 2011-03-04 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, England
Win 12–0 Latvia Pavel Dolgovs TKO 1 (6), 1:41 2010-11-06 Republic of Ireland University Arena, Limerick, Ireland
Win 11–0 United States Jason Barnett KO 1 (8), 2:40 2010-06-26 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork, Ireland
Win 10–0 Czech Republic Tomas Mrazek TKO 3 (4), 1:48 2010-05-15 Republic of Ireland University Arena, Limerick, Ireland
Win 9–0 Latvia Edgars Kalnars TKO 1 (4), 0:48 2010-05-15 Republic of Ireland University Arena, Limerick, Ireland
Win 8–0 United States Zack Page PTS 8 2009-02-28 United Kingdom Lightfoot Centre, Newcastle, England
Win 7–0 Netherlands Harry Duiven Jr KO 2 (6), 0:22 2009-01-17 Republic of Ireland Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork, Ireland
Win 6–0 Argentina Luis Oscar Ricail TKO 1 (6), 1:24 2008-10-26 Republic of Ireland Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Ireland
Win 5–0 Brazil Claudemir Dias KO 1 (8), 0:22 2008-09-13 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork, Ireland
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Howard Daley TKO 1 (4), 1:27 2008-04-12 Republic of Ireland Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Ireland
Win 3–0 Poland Tomasz Zeprzalka PTS 6 2008-03-22 Republic of Ireland National Boxing Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win 2–0 Hungary Sandor Balogh TKO 1 (4), 0:41 2008-02-02 Republic of Ireland University Arena, Limerick, Ireland
Win 1–0 Latvia Jevgenijs Stamburskis TKO 1 (4), 1:35 2008-01-26 Republic of Ireland Neptune Sports Arena, Cork, Ireland Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Perez: from Cuba to Ireland to NYC for HBO debut - "I'm Irish now"". The Ring. July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Rebel Rising – Cork's Mike Perez". Pundit Arena. July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Cuban boxer from Cork who is one win away from a world title shot". The Cuban boxer from Cork who is one win away from a world title shot. July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Perez powers to victory". SkySports. 
  5. ^ "Mike Perez". BoxRec. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  6. ^ a b "BoxRec - Mike Perez". boxrec.com. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Scott Christ. "Golovkin vs Stevens results: Mike Perez wins brutal decision over Magomed Abdusalamov". Bad Left Hook. 
  9. ^ Tim Smith. "Mike Perez: Title Shot Ahead, Disabled Foe Behind". Bleacher Report. 
  10. ^ "Mike Perez-Carlos Takam on Pascal-Bute Undercard - Boxing News". boxingscene.com. 
  11. ^ "Mike Perez: 'big mouth Fury isn't as Irish as me'". The Irish Sports Council. September 2011. 

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