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New Faces: Jhoan Perez

By Robert Coster

Jr welterweight Jhoan Perez (8-0, 7 KOs) is probably Venezuela’s hottest prospect. In his last fight, on the undercard of the Moreno-Cermano title bout, Perez greatly impressed onlookers by destroying fellow prospect Azael Cosio (then unbeaten at 8-0) of Panama in just two rounds, thus winning the WBA Fedecentro title. The lanky 5’11 Perez has one great asset and it’s called power with both hands. He has been compared in that department to Edwin Valero. Perez turned pro after a successful amateur career where he racked up a 100-17 record.

As a pro, manager Rafael Moron has no qualms about moving Perez quickly and having him face tough opposition, “Jhoan can achieve top contender status very soon because he’s so good. Boxing runs in Jhoan’s family. His father Lino was a boxer and is currently a trainer; his late brother Lino Jr was also a boxer.”

“The day I win the world title. I will dedicate it to my brother,” says the brash, confident young man.

On the top of Jhoan Perez’s hit list is titleholder Amir Khan. In the meantime, Perez is preparing to meet unbeaten WBA Fedelatin champion Alberto Mosquera of Panama in his next upcoming fight.

Perez said, “I am not afraid of fighting anybody. To be the best, you have to beat the best.”

And in response the question: ‘Who is Jhoan’s idol?’ he said, “Oscar de la Hoya, not only for being a great boxer but for being so successful in other ways as a businessman. He is my role model.”

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