Denver’s NABA light welterweight champion Manny Perez (18-7-1, 4 KO’s) travels to the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, for a light welterweight clash against Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KO’s) on September 22nd.
The 33 years-old, 5’ 9” tall fearless southpaw McCloskey is coming off a 10th round TKO loss to Demarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley this past May 5th, him now having lost two of his last three bouts.
McCloskey was stopped in April of 2011 when Amir Khan got the nod after a 6th round cut over the left eye of McCloskey had the ringside physician contend the bout could not go on.
In September of the same year 2011, McCloskey took a highly disputed 12 round unanimous decision win over Colombian Breidis Prescott, after having been knocked down in the 1st round and dominated throughout the fight.
With McCloskey comfortably fighting in the United Kingdom, he should be entering this Perez bout on a 3 fight losing streak, but ‘hometown cooking’ has came to his rescue, the Prescott win a clear loss.
For the 28 years-old and 5’ 7” tall Manny Perez, giving up 2 inches, again being the underdog and going into the ‘comfortable surroundings’ of Northern Ireland to tangle with McCloskey is nothing new, the ‘ROAD WARRIOR’ moniker being one Perez wears with pride.
While Paul McCloskey should have lost his last three-in-a row, Manny Perez should have won his last three-in-a row, him being denied an obvious victory in a September 17, 2011, where most had Perez dominating Mercito Gesta in a bout held in Parker, Arizona.
In February of this year (2012), Manny Perez surprised Edgar Santana in Dover, Delaware, winning by way of unanimous decision, giving him the NABA light welterweight belt.
Next up was Perez scheduled to take on Johan Perez, who pulled out of the fight choosing to instead take the opportunity at the interim WBA World light welterweight title against Pablo Cano in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
That decision turned disastrous when an unintentional head-butt forced the bout to be stopped in the 7th round, Johan Perez on the losing end.
Continuing on to Cancun, Mexico, where he was supposed to leave the NABA welterweight belt in the hands of the eagerly anticipating victory replacement Jose Miguel Cotto, Manny Perez came away with not only the win, but an impressive 10 round split-decision (easily viewed a unanimous decision) victory, Perez continuing to defy the odds with ‘underdog’ win’s on the road.
Television will probably be on a delayed basis with nothing confirmed as of yet, the only sure thing is that Denver’s Manny ‘Road Warrior’ Perez will show up, him looking to again surprise those unaware of his focus, a World light welterweight title.
Stephen Johnson writes for INSIDEBOXING.com, UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com, BORICUABOXING.com, and UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE,com