|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
18 January 1979 |
|Wins by KO||14|
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.
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.
IBF bantamweight champion
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 both expressed interest in a rematch.
Perez vs. Agbeko II
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. 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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|23 fights||20 wins||2 losses|
|23||Loss||20–2–1||Vic Darchinyan||TD||5 (12), 1:07||23 Apr 2011||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||Joseph Agbeko||UD||12||11 Dec 2010||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.||Lost IBF bantamweight title|
|21||Draw||20–0–1||Abner Mares||MD||12||22 May 2010||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained IBF bantamweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Joseph Agbeko||UD||12||31 Oct 2009||Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won IBF bantamweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Silence Mabuza||TKO||12 (12), 1:06||29 May 2009||Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|18||Win||18–0||David Martinez||TKO||6 (10), 2:41||5 Sep 2008||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Oscar Andrade||UD||10||27 Jun 2008||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.||Won vacant NABF bantamweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Manuel Sarabia||UD||6||2 May 2008||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Alex Becerra||KO||4 (8), 0:39||1 Mar 2008||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Alexander Fedorov||TKO||4 (10), 0:44||5 Oct 2007||Omega Products International, Corona, California, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Antonio Maria Cochero Diaz||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||7 Sep 2007||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||José Laureano||TKO||3 (8), 0:19||28 Jul 2007||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Samuel Lopez||KO||1 (10), 2:00||25 May 2007||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Oscar Andrade||UD||8||24 Mar 2007||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Luis Agosto||TKO||2 (6), 1:08||23 Feb 2007||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Arturo Bracamontes||KO||6||20 Nov 2006||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Arturo Bracamontes||UD||6||16 Oct 2006||DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Larry Olvera||TKO||6 (8), 2:09||15 Sep 2006||Omega Products International, Corona, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Israel Navarrete||KO||2 (6)||14 Jul 2006||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Daniel Quevedo||UD||6||16 Jun 2006||Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Edison Morillo||RTD||1 (6), 3:00||19 May 2006||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Leshaun Blair||TKO||4 (4), 2:09||1 Sep 2005||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|1||Win||1–0||Steve Lozoya||TKO||1 (4), 1:52||30 Jul 2005||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.||Professional debut|
- "The Ring Bantamweight Ratings". Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
- "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.
- Christ, Scott (8 March 2012). "Yonnhy Perez Announces Retirement From Boxing". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byJhonny González
|WBC Continental Americas bantamweight champion
25 May 2007 – June 2008
Title next held byRodrigo Guerrero
Title last held byAlejandro Valdez
|NABF bantamweight champion
27 June 2008 – May 2009
Title next held byMario Macias
|World boxing titles|
|IBF bantamweight champion
31 October 2009 – 11 December 2010