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New Faces: Eloy Perez

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Eloy Perez spent one month in Oxnard, Calif., preparing for his Telefutura-televised bout with Derrick Campos on Friday. During that time, Perez, a crafty counterpuncher with strong inside fighting skills, sparred three times a week with Brandon Rios, a body-punching pressure fighter who happens to be THE RING's No. 10-rated lightweight. As evidenced by this footage — taken from their second-to-last session — Perez and Rios, who is preparing for a title-elimination bout against Anthony Peterson on Sept. 11, gave each other good work. Thanks to Rios' trainer Robert Garcia, owner of the gym, for allowing RingTV.com a sneak peak at his fighter's training, and to Perez's trainers Max and Sam Garcia (no relation) for the invitation.

ELOY PEREZ

Vital Statistics:

Age: 23
Hometown: Salinas, Calif.
Weight class: junior lightweight
Height / reach: 5-6 / 69 inches
Amateur record: 53-5
Turned pro: 2005
Pro record: 17-0-2, 4 knockouts
Trainer: Max Garcia (Sam Garcia, Dean Familiton)
Managers: Kathy Garcia
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions

Best night of pro career: Got up from two knockdowns to drop talented foe Dannie Williams (12-0, 10 knockouts) in the wild early rounds of their 10-round thriller and then outclassed his fellow prospect with a sharp jab, smart pressure and counter punches down the stretch of their special attraction at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills last September.

Worst night of pro career: Struggled with journeyman Carlos Vinan (7-4-2, 1 KO), who held Perez to an eight-round split draw in Sacramento in August of 2007. Perez outboxed Vinan but gave ground to the tough guy and allowed himself to be outworked.

Next fight: Faces Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) in the eight-round main event of a Telefutura-televised card from Pico Rivera, Calif. Campos, a solid journeyman, has lost his last two bouts, competitive decisions to prospects Archie Ray Marquez and Andrei Isaeu. He dropped a 12-round decision to Dmitriy Salita in 2008.

Why he’s a prospect: Perez combines impressive athletic ability with a strong work ethic and old-school boxing technique. He had a solid amateur career highlighted by two California state Golden Gloves titles and a gold medal at the 2004 Ringside world championships (men’s senior open 132-pound division). He has developed into a versatile young pro who is as comfortable slipping shots and counter punching from a distance as he is pressure fighting and attacking the body in close. He’s defeated fellow prospects (Williams, Juan Santiago and David Rodela) and experienced pro Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-6-2) in his last four bouts.

Why he’s a suspect: At times Perez focuses too much on defense, allowing himself to be out hustled (as he was in the two draws on his record). Other times he forgoes his excellent jab and defensive prowess to stand and trade with opponents, which made for difficult fights with harder punchers (Williams) and bigger men (Rodela). At 5-foot-6, he is almost always at a height disadvantage. Lacks one-punch power.

Story lines: A hyper-active child born in the small one-street town of Rochester, Wash., Perez was introduced to the sport in his early teens to help keep him out of trouble. A natural athlete, he quickly developed into one of the better amateur boxers in the Pacific Northwest around the same time he was a standout running back on his high school football team. He turned pro on his 18th birthday and engaged in five bouts before he graduated from Rainier High School in Rainier, Washington. (He fought in his sixth pro bout the day after graduation). Local legend has it that Perez rushed for 228 yards in a high school game the day before he won his third pro bout. In mid-2006, Perez caught the attention of boxing trainer Max Garcia, who brought the young pro to Salinas, Calif., to spar former fringe contender Jesus Rodriguez. Garcia was so impressed he brought in legendary boxing sage Don Familiton to help instruct Perez. The late “Coach Familiton,” then 77 years old, instilled an old-school boxing foundation and philosophy in the youth, who was eager to learn and continues to develop and advance under the guidance of Familton's son Dean and the Garcia clan, who moved Perez to Salinas, Calif., a tough little central coast town that has adopted him.

Fight-by-fight record

2005
June 11 Geronimo Rosario KO 1
Oct. 1 Tariq Jooya UD 4
Oct. 22 Ivan Korotkov UD 4
Dec. 3 Darren Darby UD 4

2006
Feb. 11 Cesar Olmedo UD 4
June 10 Cesar Olmedo UD 6
Sept. 9 Kevin Carmody Draw 8
Oct. 7 Jorge Perez NC 3

2007
Feb. 10 Juan Martinez UD 8
May 24 Barbaro Zepeda UD 6
Aug. 10 Carlos Vinan Draw 8
Sept. 13 Odilon Rivera UD 6
Oct. 26 Ron Boyd KO 3

2008
June 5 Jorge Pimentel UD 8
Feb. 1 Juan Jaramillo UD 10

2009
March 7 Gabe Garcia TKO 4
Sept. 12 Dannie Williams UD 10
Dec. 4 Juan Santiago RTD 5

2010
Jan. 29 David Rodela UD 10
May 1 Gilberto Sanchez Leon MD 10

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