By John Cannon
Brownsville native Sergio Perales was determined that he was going to fight and was not about to let anything get in the way of that; even if it was a weight issue. Perales was scheduled to defend his Texas State Bantamweight title against Columbia’s Pedro Rincon-Miranda (34-16, 27 KO’s) in the main event of the Oscar Diaz fight night benefit event held at Randy’s Ballroom last Saturday night.
However, Miranda was overweight and the title defense was off. However, Perales said that he did whatever it took to make the fight happen, even if it was not for the title.
“I wanted to fight and trained too hard to not fight against Miranda,” said Perales. “He ended up coming in nine pounds over the weight limit for the title and I agreed to increase the weight limit to 121. The commission gave him time to lose the weight and he ended up at 125 ¾. I was told that I did not need to take the fight, but I wanted it.”
Perales (12-0, 6 KO‘s) ended up making quick work of his toughest challenge to date as he scored a first round knockout victory over Miranda.
“I caught him with a straight left to the body and placed it just right,” said Perales. “Once that punch connected, he ended up dropping to a knee and never recovered. I was actually surprised that the fight ended so quickly because he was a seasoned veteran and has faced some serious prospects. I was ready to put in some good rounds and figured he would make me work. But it ended quickly and I am happy to get another knockout win.”
Julio Marines, Perales’s promoter, said that he was pleased with the event and was glad that Sergio got to be a part of it.
“Overall it was a huge success for a young man who needs as much help as he can get,” said Marines. “Diaz was seriously injured in a boxing match a while back and went into Acoma. The hospital bills have been pretty steep and luckily the event was able to raise $10,000. The place was packed and there were some big names in the boxing industry such as Kermit Cintron, Juan and Jose Diaz, Lou Duva, Joe Souza, and Raul Martinez.”
“Also, having Sergio featured in the main event was icing on the cake. He completely dominated his opponent and the fans really enjoyed watching him fight. It was truly an honor for Sergio and I to be a part of this.”