Yonnhy Perez Is Ready For Vic
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo
Where do I go from here?
This is the question that every boxer has to ask himself
after the kind of night that Yonnhy Perez experienced on
December 11th, 2010. The Colombian pugilist walked into
the ring to face Joseph Agbeko with the IBF Bantamweight
crown and an unblemished record and walked out having
tasted defeat for the first time in his professional
career. Such occurrence would undoubtedly force any
human being to engage in a serious bout of self
reflection. Especially, after losing his belt to the
very same boxer that he had taken it from.
Let’s retrace our steps! Yonnhy Perez, 32, won the
International Boxing Federation Bantamweight Title by
outslugging Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 24KO’s) on November
31st, 2009. He then went on to defend his title against
Golden Boy’s Abner Mares. That bout ended in a draw,
allowing Perez to retain his IBF championship belt.
Perez subsequently entered the four man Showtime
Bantamweight tournament and was matched against Joseph
Agbeko in a rematch of their 2009 bout. We all know what
happened there, which leads us to Saturday’s bout.
It’s evident, while
Joseph Agbeko jubilantly celebrated his victory in the
opening round of the Showtime tournament, Yonnhy Perez
was forced to contemplate his future in the fight game.
“I thought about retiring for awhile,” Said Perez, while
being asked about his thought process following his
first career defeat. “Now I want to continue to work and
not think about the misstep that I had.”
The former world champion took some time off following
his defeat. He headed to Colombia, to spend some much
need quality time with his family. The trip back home
seems to have rejuvenated Perez who at one point in his
career spent five long years away from his family in
pursuit of his first world title. With his family by his
side Yonnhy was able to begin to train for Saturday’s
bout in Colombia with a new approach. Perez also enjoyed
the support of his boxing family while he was in his
native land. He was joined by his trainer, Danny Zamora,
for two weeks of intense early morning workout.
“It was getting to the
point that he was starting to miss home a lot,” Said
Danny Zamora “so we decided that it would be best for
him to stay there longer (Colombia), I could fly out
there and start training camp… so he would not be away
from his family for that long.”
The setting of the training camp was not the only change
that Yonnhy’s team made in preparation’s for Saturday’s
bout. They also worked on his boxing style and the
fashion in which he prepared for his next bout.
“Well, we made a lot of changes. In previous fights we
trained at a really intense pace throughout the entire
camp - from start to finish,” Said Perez about his
previous training camps. “Now we are taking a much more
moderate approach to training, we are reserving my
energy and working on different strategies. We felt that
people had figured me out and knew how to box me.”
Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1,
14KOs) will take on Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27KOs) on
Saturday in the consolation bout of Showtime’s
Bantamweight Tournament which will air live on Showtime
at 7:30 pm / pt. The fight will be the featured
undercard of the tournament final and will take place at
the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
The Colombian fighter acknowledged the threat that Vic
poses. Perez stated that Darchinyan has a very awkward
style. He went on to describe his opponent as a fighter
who is always moving forward and is extremely brave.
“Well, we all know that he is special fighter, a lefty
that is dirty and awkward and hits hard,” comments
Perez. “He has a very strange style and always comes
forward, but we prepared for everything and we are
looking forward to displaying that in the ring.”
With less the four days
away from the fight, time for reflection is in the past.
It’s time to move forward. Yonnhy Perez will have an
opportunity to do so on Saturday as he attempts to
retire Vic Darchinyan. Albeit, Perez already feels that
he has moved on. He feels really good about this stage
in his career. The loss is something that he now uses as
motivation. In a way, it transformed him into a better
fighter. Judging by his last remark, it may have also
helped his confidence.
“I’m guaranteeing a knockout,” Said Perez. “This fight
is not going the distance.”