On The Beak – Admin
Ireland-based Cubans Luis Garcia (11-0-0, 9ko) and Mike Perez (17-0-0, 12ko) promise a double dose of seasons beatings when they make their US debuts on the undercard of Jermain Taylor’s return at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in California, December 30, on ShoBox: The New Generation. Garcia fights fellow undefeated prospect Alexander Johnson (12-0-0, 5ko) in a 175lb test while Perez boxes Friday Ahunanya (24-8-13, 8ko) in a ten round heavyweight duel.
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Garcia and Perez are two thirds of a Central American trident who defected from Cuba to Cork in order to develop as professionals and have their obvious talent further nurtured. Along with Alexei Collado (15-0-0, 14ko), they made their names in the amateur ranks having all picked up World Junior Championship gongs prior to their pro launchpad in Ireland.
Perez has already wowed crowds outside of Ireland when he took part in the exciting Prizefighter franchise, promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports. Perez was the last man standing in the eight-man tournament, having knocked out every single one of his three opponents en route to the one-night competition final. Six months later he took on renowned trial-horse Zack Page and obtained a one-sided eight-round decision with his blatant power a key factor in the result.
In order to ready himself for American opposition, Perez has sparred Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder, but has his sights firmly on one of the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir or Vitali: “The Klitschko’s are easily the best guys out there right now at heavyweight but there is no serious competition for them out there and I want to change that.
“They are excellent boxers but they are not the most entertaining to watch. The only fireworks during their fights are during the ring entrances and I can guarantee when I fight them there will be fireworks. A lot of guys just want to fight the Klitschko’s for a big payday. They don’t come to win but I will. For now I’m just concentrating on this next fight but I would love the opportunity to take on either of the Klitschkos.”
Garcia, meanwhile, is hoping to provide Stateside audiences with a memorable display. “I’m excited to give US fight fans a chance to show what I am about and to prove that I am ready for anyone in the light heavyweight division.
“I have had a few fights fall through this year because it’s very difficult to find opponents for me in Europe. Johnson has accepted the challenge, he’s unbeaten and ambitious so it’s a good fight for the fans and the winner will definitely be part of the New Generation. It’s an important fight for me and I am determined to make the most of the opportunity,” he said.
“My fiancee is expecting our first child just a few days after the fight so it is tough to leave her at home while I go the US for this fight but I am making the sacrifice for my family’s future and hopefully I will be back home in Cork in time for the birth.”
Regarding their former nation, new fighting destination and adopted boxing home, Perez said: “Cuba is always in our hearts but Ireland is our home now said Perez. We all have family and friends here now, I have a little baby daughter and an Irish fiancee so I’m proud to fight with the Irish and Cuban flags. We have been made very welcome here and have great support from the Irish fans.”
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