Rey Perez Gets First Win In America

By Michael De Vera

INDIO, California— Filipino journeyman and celebrity trainer Rey Perez (22-9, 6 KOs) convincingly defeated Mexican-American lightweight prospect Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (18-2, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision in their eight-round clash Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino here.

Rey Perez tought popular actress-comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto the basics of boxing at the Elorde Elite in Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. FILE PHOTO 2015

Two judges at ringside saw an identical 79-73 while the third official had it 78-74 all for Perez.

Perez dealt Gonzalez’s second straight loss despite he was like in a hostile venue where most of the sell out crowd were rooting for the United States-born brawler.

The collission was shown live by ESPN2 in the US.

The 27-year old pride of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte controlled the action with more power punches landed from better showing of boxing skills.

Compubox stats showed Perez landed 163 of 596 power punches compared to 133 of 354 thrown by Gonzalez, who previously knocked out by Filipino Romero Duno.

It was Perez’s second win in his last five outings and first victory in four fights in American soil. This was also his first win in two successive fight under Golden Boy Promotions.

Perez had started his ambitious US campaign in wrong steps after facing two formidable opponenents both in Top Rank’s boxing shows.

He was outclashed by world rated American Chris Avalos in 8-round featherweight bout at Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, Texas in August 2015.

Two judges had it 80-72 and the 3rd judge saw 79-73 all for Avalos, who improved to 3-0 against Filipinos at that time.

Avalos, son of Mexican immigrants in Lancaster, California, previous Pinoy victims were Drian Francisco of Mindoro and San Diego-based Rolly Lunas of Bicol both in 2013, three years before he was knocked out in the 7th round by Mark Magsayo in Cebu City.

Perez went down to super bantamweight in a tougher test when he faced undefeated rising star Jessie Magdaleno (22-0) at Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. The Filipino lose by KO in the 7th round of the super featherweight bout after taking a single southpaw shot in the mid section.

Perez packed up and went back home to redeem himself by stopping Noel Adelmita in the second round of their scheduled 6-round lightweight fight in June at Zamboanga Del Norte Cultural Center, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

In his prior ring appearance before tonight’s showcase of big potentials, Perez fought another unbeaten American, Lamont Roach, in November show of Golden Boy Promotions at  MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Roach (16-0, 6 KOs), currently the WBC Youth silver super featherweight champion,  managed to win nine out of 10 rounds to give Perez his nineth loses.

Perez has been training in Coachella, California under Marcos Caballero for the last month.

“He looked pretty good,” Dessert Sun quoted Caballero as saying after the fight. “I think he’s really headed in the right direction.”

In the main event, American Olympian Joseph” JoJo” Diaz has improved to 26-0 as a pro after he knocked down former world champion Victor Terrazas twice in the first round and ended the bout in the fourth with a devastating hook to the abdomen.

It was Diaz’s 14th knockout victory of his career and sixth defense of his NABF featherweight title.