Cork’s Cuban Mike Perez in heavyweight action tonight

MIKE Perez is confident of a return to winning ways when he fights in The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California tonight (Thursday).

The American based Cuban, who fights out of Cork, fights for the first time since his disappointing split decision reverse to Bryant Jennings, who went on to secure a shot at Wladimir Klitschko’s three World titles.

Perez fights journeyman Darnell Wilson (25-18, 21 KO) and for the first time under new coach Robert Garcia.

Speaking about his new coach the WBC #4 heavyweight said,

“Every trainer that I have is different. They all have a lot of experience. Even if you don’t work with one you can work with another one. It’s a good experience and plus they have a lot of champions there too. So you know, you keep learning and its tough, it’s good, it’s nice there.”

Garcia’s gym has been a hotbed for champions and a place to go for those looking for redemption of sorts. Former Champions Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire, and Marcos Maidana were of those who already had success in the ring and sought out Garcia while making changes in their corner.

Now Perez is anxious to get back into the ring and in the win column.

“Expect from me the best, what I do best, you know I don’t underestimating any opponent, every opponent is a hard opponent, and he’s a tough opponent and I have to be ready.”


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