Eloy Perez Fighting For A Good
Plus Exclusive Interview
By William Trillo
Photo: Marlene Marquez
Newly crowned NABO Super
Featherweight 'Fighter Of The YearĒ and undefeated NABO
champ Eloy 'The Prince' Perez, is dedicating his Friday,
Oct 28th clash against Ira Terry live on TeleFutura's "Sůlo
Boxeo Tecate" to all the women and their families who
have had to battle breast cancer, and to honor the women
who succumbed to this disease, in particular, Eloy's
boss Oscar De La Hoya"s mother Cecilia. Eloy's suit will
bear the names of two women who have survived and who
are very important to Team Perez, Olaya Hernandez, his
trainer Max Garcia's sister, and Malena Garcia, a family
friend. Sy Sherman, a young man of 9 years of age will
be joining Eloy in the ring. On February 21, Sy was
diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of
liver cancer. Team Perez is requesting everyone who
attends the boxing event to help Sy and his family fight
this horrible disease and requests a donation be made to
them at the event. A special box will be on hand to
collect those donations.
Pound4Pound spoke to Eloy recently and we got to ask him
some questions about his upcoming fight and his career.
Pound4Pound: You are fighting in your adopted
hometown of Salinas, California, how long have you lived
Eloy Perez: I have been down here from Washington
for 5 years now, you can call Salinas my second home!
P4P: You have a big fight ahead of you on a
Telefutura card on Friday night. You are facing a good
veteran in Ira Terry in the main event. Tell us about
that fight and your preparation.
EP: I know Ira Terry is a good fighter. I only had
three weeks notice but I will be ready, I know he is
tough, but you gotta be ready! This is my job, I am a
fighter, so if they give me the call I have to be ready
to take it.
P4P: Itís kind of a Catch 22, itís hard to take a
fight on short notice but at the same time I know you do
not want to pass up this chance.
EP: Right! I donít want to be labeled as a guy who
when he gets the call isnít able to go. I am going to
look good and win and then I am going to continue my
P4P: How did you become interested in boxing and
when did you get your start.
EP: It started when I was young, I was little and
chubby and I had poor self esteem. I started getting in
trouble. So my Dad said if you like to fight then we are
going to the gym! So I went to the gym and lost the
weight, my life really changed thanks to boxing.
P4P: How long did it take for you to make the
transition from troubled youth to focused fighter?
EP: Just one summer! I went to the gym all summer
and lost the weight and when I went back to school I was
popular and the girls started to notice me. It was a
P4P: At what point in your career did you start to
believe you had a real shot at a title?
EP: It was the fight right before I fought Dannie
William for the USNBC title, which was against Gabe
Garcia. I felt really good in that fight and felt I
could become a Champion.
P4P: Tell us about your career path and your long
EP: I want to win a World title at 130 and I want to
make a name for myself. I want to be remembered as a
Champion, not just someone who is trying to make money.
When it comes down to it I want to get in the ring and
put a good show on that the fans will enjoy.
P4P: So with a victory this weekend will you be
asking for a world title shot?
EP: Thatís what I want, my shot at one of the champs
at 130 pounds, thatís what itís all about for me now.