It’s been about a decade since he lived in the Central Valley, having moved down south as he embarked on his professional career, eventually training full time at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. At 27, Perez is just now getting solid footing on his career, which now has a clear direction. After years as a pro, he was signed by Top Rank Promotions earlier this year after his upset victory over Art Hovhannisyan on “ShoBox.”
Being with a major promoter who has a clear plan for you is a stark contrast to being that guy always brought in as an opponent and taking fights on short notice.
“There’s a very big difference,” said Perez, who has a career mark of 18-3-1 (12) and has tried to scratch out a living by going long stretches without fights. “I was just fighting and they were throwing me in there, I guess, to test me out, test the waters. To see if I had what it took and after a couple of good tests that I was brought up against, I managed to come out on top. Show the promoters, show the boxing fans that I do have what it takes.”
While he has 22 fights under his belt at age 27, he’s just now really starting his career.
“Most definitely, that’s what I needed. I needed a little break like that - I mean a big break. Now they’ve taken care of me now I have my fights scheduled. They tell me way ahead of time, which is very good for me,” said Perez, who made his Top Rank debut back in August versus Edgar Riovalle, stopping the Mexican journeyman in seven rounds.
Now Perez is that guy brought into win, not the guy who faces a promoter’s “house” fighter. “It gives me enough time to get ready, to actually prepare myself for whatever opponent is coming up,” he says of his newfound lot in life.
Just having some backing can do wonders for a fighter’s disposition. Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman says, “I think it raises [Perez]’s confidence level but he was always a confident kid to begin with. But being on the A-side and knowing he’s not the opponent, I think that’s definitely a helpful factor.”
What makes Perez attractive is not only does he have a fan-friendly style, he’s never shied away from a challenge.
Goodman states, “He’s always in good fights and he’s a guy that will always take a fight. He doesn’t turn anybody down and before these negotiations with [Vic] Darchinyan and [Nonito] Donaire and there wasn’t a definite on Darchinyan’s part. Alejandro was willing to take the fight with Donaire. That’s what people should realize.”
Alas, Darchinyan and Donaire are facing each other this weekend on HBO from Corpus Christi but Perez isn’t complaining. He’s just grateful he’s in a position now where he knows when and where he’s going to fight. He went all of 2010 without performing inside the ring where he had fights drop out or get canceled - sometimes at the weigh-in.
“Now that I’m with Top Rank, they tell me, ‘OK, you’re going to fight on this date and [against] this person. Get ready.’ Now, I’m ready,” he says.
As for what lies ahead in 2014, Perez says with a smile, “They have very good plans for me.”
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