Mike Perez to headline Irish homecoming

Heavyweight contender Mike Perez [21(13)-2(1)-1] will fight on Irish shores for the first time in over six years next month.

The Cork-based Cuban heavyweight has not fought in his adopted home since a first round destruction of Pavels Dolgovs way back in November 2010.

31 year old Perez will return on the Saturday April 1st show at the National Stadium – the inaugural ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland‘ bill. Not only this, ‘The Rebel’ will headline the televised bill.

Since his last Irish fight, Perez has romped to a Prizefighter win, and moved into world title contention with his tragic win over Magomed Abdusalamov. A draw against Carlos Takam would follow this before loses to Bryant Jennings and Alexander Povetkin. The Caribbean boxer has not fought since the loss in Russia to Povetkin almost two years ago.

The undercard in just over three weeks time will feature Bernard Roe, Allan Phelan, Christina McMahon, Gerard Whitehouse, Jake Hanney, Carl McDonald, Lynn Harvey and Rohan Date, alongside five professional debutants – Reagan Buckley, Barry Barnes, Keane McMahon, John Joyce, and Dylan McDonagh.

Tickets for Táimid Laochra cost €45 (gallery) and €65 (ringside) and are available HERE or from the boxers involved (which would be the avenue we recommend).

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie