Posted 12:00 AM | Feb 24, 2012
|Weight Class:||Super Featherweight|
23 Wins | 1 Losses | 7 KOs
|Birthdate:||October 25, 1986|
With an unbeaten pro record and rave notices from fans and boxing insiders, Salinas, California's Eloy Perez may be nicknamed "The Prince", but he is well on his way to becoming the king of the super featherweight division.
Born and raised in Rochester, Washington, Perez gravitated to boxing in his early teenage years and he juggled his ring time with his school work and a spot on his school's football team. After a 53-5 amateur career Perez, while still in high school, turned pro on June 11, 2005 with a first round knockout of Geronimo Rosario.
After clearing out the Pacific Northwest scene to the tune of a 7-0-1, 1 NC record, Perez moved south to Salinas, California in 2007 to begin working with respected boxing trainer Max Garcia. Perez was an instant hit in California, and while he's not a knockout artist, his solid technique, defense, and work ethic made him a fan favorite and a valued member of Sugar Shane Mosley's camp for his 2010 bout against Floyd Mayweather.
In May of 2007, Perez made his Golden State debut against 21 fight veteran Barbaro Zepeda, winning an easy shutout decision. He would get tested three months later, battling to a controversial eight round draw against Carlos Vinan, but there would be no stopping the Perez train from rolling through the local 130-pound scene.
A month after the draw with Vinan, Perez shut out Odilon Rivera, and then finished out 2007 with a third round knockout of Ron Boyd.
Following just two fights in 2008, wins over Jorge Pimentel (W8) and Juan Jaramillo (W10), Perez opened up 2009 with a March TKO of Gabe Garcia, and six months later he won his first pro title as he rose from two knockdowns to drop 12-0 Dannie Williams and decision him over ten rounds for the WBC USNBC 130-pound title.
Another title was strapped around Perez' waist in December of 2009, when he halted Juan Santiago in five rounds for the NABO super featherweight crown, and the buzz about "The Prince" was getting louder and louder.
In 2010, Perez amped up his level of competition even more, and he made it his coming out year on the world stage, as he turned back the challenges of "Dangerous" David Rodela (W10), Gilberto Sanchez Leon (W10), Derrick Campos (KO5), and Dominic Salcido (W10).
By 2011, the eyes of the boxing community were on Perez, and he delivered under pressure in four important matches, decisioning Roger Gonzalez and Alejandro Rodriguez and then knocking out Daniel Jimenez and Ira Terry.