Perez goes for 11th victory next month
By Andrew Rivera
Undefeated featherweight Aaron Perez will take on Rafael Reyes in the co-main event March 21st in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fight will headline another local featherweight, world rated Jason Sanchez. Perez, 10-0 with 6ko’s, will look to continue his winning ways against the 15-10 Reyes in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
Perez was one of Albuquerque’s top amateurs in recent years. He compiled a 130-20 record prior to turning professional almost three years ago. Perez has fought most of his pro career under the Legacy Promotion’s banner, headed by his uncle Jordan and father/trainer Aaron.
Going for his 11th win against Reyes, Perez looks to gain more experience each time out. Although most of Perez opponents don’t have sparkling records, he sees each time out as a way to gain experience and gain rounds under his belt.
“I want to build and gain rounds and experience each fight, it will help me when I keep stepping it up and be prepared.” Stated Perez
When most fighters jump on the top of the ropes going crazy after dismantling a mismatched opponent, Perez is one of the few who have admitted when he turned profession that he fought tougher opponent in the amateur ranks, but wanted to get his feet wet first before stepping it up so fast.
“Early in my career, I didn’t fight the best of opponents and fought tougher in the amateurs, but I know each time out I’d have to learn something new that we worked on in the gym during training, its building me each time out”
Perez toughest fight to many was to be against 45 fight veteran Isalas Gonzales, yet he made easy work of Gonzales in 2019. Perez says sometimes the opponents surprise a lot of people and fighters no matter what their record is.
The last two opponents I fought, on paper I maybe should have stopped them but they were tougher than Gonzales and gave me the rounds I needed to learn more” says Perez “I’m glad that happened I gained more than if I had stopped them early.”
When not training at 6 am with conditioning coach Dwayne Davis braving the sub-freezing temperatures running on the track, Perez works as an estimator for his families Collision company.
“My days starts at the track early; I head to work then its gym time training with my dad. We just work on things to get better each time out and hopefully bigger things will come this year.”
Perez seems to have the right foundation and mindset to continue his quest to getting ranked and hopefully title shots down the road.
“Once my dad says I’m ready to move on to the next stage in my career, then we will take that chance and if that chance is to hit the road and take one someone, I need to upset to get noticed I will do that.”