Yonnhy Pérez

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Yonnhy Pérez
Statistics
Nickname(s) El Colombiano
("The Colombian")
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Colombian
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 38)
Cartagena, Colombia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 20
Wins by KO 14
Losses 2
Draws 1

Yonnhy Pérez (born 18 January 1979) is a Colombian former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2011. He held the IBF bantamweight title from 2009 to 2010, reaching a peak ranking of number three at bantamweight by The Ring magazine in December 2010.[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]

IBF 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 both expressed interest in a rematch.[5]

Perez vs. Agbeko II[edit]

Rather than an immediate rematch with Mares, Pérez faced Agbeko for a second time in the first round of Showtime's bantamweight tournament, while Mares faced Darchinyan on 11 December. Pérez went on to lose a unanimous decision to Agbeko in the match, and a technical decision (on accidental cuts) to Darchinyan on 23 April 2011.[6] In March 2012, having not fought since the losses to Agbeko and Darchinyan, Pérez announced his retirement from boxing, citing a lack of motivation to continue in the sport.[7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
23 fights 20 wins 2 losses
By knockout 14 0
By decision 6 2
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Loss 20–2–1 Armenia Vic Darchinyan TD 5 (12), 1:07 23 Apr 2011 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For vacant IBO bantamweight title;
Unanimous TD after Pérez sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
22 Loss 20–1–1 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 11 Dec 2010 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Lost IBF bantamweight title
21 Draw 20–0–1 Mexico Abner Mares MD 12 22 May 2010 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained IBF bantamweight title
20 Win 20–0 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 31 Oct 2009 United States Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF bantamweight title
19 Win 19–0 South Africa Silence Mabuza TKO 12 (12), 1:06 29 May 2009 South Africa Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
18 Win 18–0 United States David Martinez TKO 6 (10), 2:41 5 Sep 2008 United States Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Oscar Andrade UD 10 27 Jun 2008 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S. Won vacant NABF bantamweight title
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Manuel Sarabia UD 6 2 May 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Alex Becerra KO 4 (8), 0:39 1 Mar 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Russia Alexander Fedorov TKO 4 (10), 0:44 5 Oct 2007 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Colombia Antonio Maria Cochero Diaz RTD 2 (8), 3:00 7 Sep 2007 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Puerto Rico José Laureano TKO 3 (8), 0:19 28 Jul 2007 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Samuel Lopez KO 1 (10), 2:00 25 May 2007 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Oscar Andrade UD 8 24 Mar 2007 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Luis Agosto TKO 2 (6), 1:08 23 Feb 2007 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Arturo Bracamontes KO 6 20 Nov 2006 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Arturo Bracamontes UD 6 16 Oct 2006 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Larry Olvera TKO 6 (8), 2:09 15 Sep 2006 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Israel Navarrete KO 2 (6) 14 Jul 2006 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Daniel Quevedo UD 6 16 Jun 2006 United States Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Dominican Republic Edison Morillo RTD 1 (6), 3:00 19 May 2006 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Leshaun Blair TKO 4 (4), 2:09 1 Sep 2005 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
1 Win 1–0 United States Steve Lozoya TKO 1 (4), 1:52 30 Jul 2005 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ring Bantamweight Ratings". Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  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. ^ Christ, Scott (8 March 2012). "Yonnhy Perez Announces Retirement From Boxing". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved 24 October 2016.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Jhonny González
WBC Continental Americas bantamweight champion
25 May 2007 – June 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Rodrigo Guerrero
Vacant
Title last held by
Alejandro Valdez
NABF bantamweight champion
27 June 2008 – May 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Mario Macias
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Joseph Agbeko
IBF bantamweight champion
31 October 2009 – 11 December 2010
Succeeded by
Joseph Agbeko