News May 2019

Irish Cuban Mike Perez ready to impress UK fans

03.03.11

Mike Perez the Cuban heavyweight boxer

Irish based Cuban heavyweight Mike "The Rebel" Perez will be out to
impress UK fight fans this Friday when he takes on two time European
title challenger, Ismail Abdoul over 8 rounds at the Doncaster Dome.
Perez has racked up a dozen straight wins since turning professional
in 2008 with ten of those coming by KO and an incredible 8 of those
coming in the first round.

However the Cuban puncher is anticipating a longer night on Friday
against Abdoul, a Belgian who previously went 12 rounds with David
Haye for the European title and has only suffered a single stoppage
defeat in his 59 fight pro career.

"My opponent has a reputation for being very durable and I hope
that's the case because I'm happy to go the rounds and prove to
people that I can box as well as knock people out," said the
25-year-old Perez. "Sometimes an early knockout can actually be
frustrating because you want to show people your boxing skills and
all the improvements you are making in the gym and hopefully I can do
that on Friday."

Abdoul's record is a who's who of some of Europe's best fighters with
the Belgian having twice gone the distance in unsuccessful European
Cruiserweight title challenges as well as hearing the final bell
against David Haye, Tomasz Adamek, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Giacobbe
Fragomeni, Enzo Maccarinelli and Marco Huck - all of whom would go on
to win World titles.

Perez's manager Patrick Thomas believes that Abdoul represents an
excellent gauge of his progress on the world scene. "Abdoul has been
in with some of the worlds best," said Thomas. "He's been the
distance with Haye and Adamek and outside of the Klitschko brothers
they are probably recognized as the two best heavyweights in the
world right now so it's a good yard stick for Mike to measure himself
against."

Thomas also manages Perez's compatriots Luis "The Lion" Garcia and
Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado. All three are unbeaten and their
manager is predicting a big year ahead for the Cork based Cubans.

"They were all World Junior Champions in the amateur ranks and they
are all hungary to repeat that success as professionals. Mike faces
Abdoul this weekend and Luis and Alexei fight in Dublin on March 19
and I'm confident that all three of them will be knocking on the door
for World titles by the end of this year."

Tickets for Friday's fight at the Doncaster Dome priced £25, £35 and
£50 are available from Carl Greaves Promotions on 07709 451337.

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