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Perez ready for Darchinyan


By Ricardo Conde

Photo: Thompson Boxing


Former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe Springs, California by way of Colombia will take on Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) this Saturday, April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’ which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing and is being presented by Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.


In the main event, WBC Silver bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico will face IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana.


In his last outing, Yonnhy Perez suffered his first career loss in a rematch against Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko via unanimous decision this past December at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. These two fighters first met back in October of 2009 at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Perez defeated Agbeko via unanimous decision to claim the IBF bantamweight title. Prior to his rematch with Joseph Agbeko, Perez battled Abner Mares to a majority draw in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate this past May at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.


Fightnews caught up with Yonnhy Perez to talk to him about his upcoming fight, his thoughts on Mares vs. Agbeko and a lot more, here’s what he had to say:


For this fight you set up training camp in Colombia, having always had training camps in Santa Fe Springs, California, what made you decide to do that, how was training camp and with only a few days until your fight how do you feel?


Well, we’ve always set up training camp here in Santa Fe Spring and since we’re fighting a different type of fighter for this fight we decided to do something different and set up camp in Colombia so I’m closer to home and have that support from my loved ones, my wife and family. The training camp was all mainly done in Colombia, and then we moved it here to Santa Fe Springs to finish up. It meant a lot for them to be so close to me for this fight and it was just added motivation and I’m just so glad we did it this way. We trained really hard for this fight, we’re 100% and we’re ready for Darchinyan.


What do you know about your opponent Vic Darchinyan and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?


I know he’s a very strong fighter and a very good fighter. He’s the type of fighter that likes to make you fight his fight but that’s not going to happen, I’m going to fight my fight not his fight. Saturday, April 23rd everyone’s going to see a great fight and one that I know I’m going to win.


Vic Darchinyan claims that he’s going into this fight stronger than he’s ever been, that he’s doing thousands of push-ups in preparation for this fight and that he’s going to knock you out, what are your thoughts on that?


Well, everyone’s entitled to their opinion; if that’s what he believes that’s fine, let him believe what ever he wants. I know that’s not what’s going to happen but we’ll see if he can back up all his talk in the ring this Saturday.


Both you and Darchinyan are coming off losses going into this fight, it’s definitely a must win for both of you, what kind of statement are you looking to make in this fight with Darchinyan?


That’s right, I had my first loss in my last fight so I have to win April 23rd and I’m going in there to win and put on a great fight for the fans. This fight is a step in the right direction to becoming a world champion once again and that’s what I plan on doing. I’m going to fight a smart fight and if the knockout presents itself then we’ll go for it, I’m going in there to come out and put on a great performance and be triumphant.


Give us your thoughts on the current bantamweight division and what does it mean to you to be a part of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament?


The bantamweight division if full of great fighters, there’s Nonito Donaire, Fernando Montiel, Moreno, all great champions and all the other fighters that are involved in this tournament. It’s a division where a lot of great fights are being made and can be made. Being a part of this tournament that SHOWTIME has put together has been great. I’m very thankful to SHOWTIME for giving me this opportunity and I just want to let them know that, ‘El Colombiano’ will always give them his best in the ring and put on a great show for everyone.


Give us your thoughts on the fight between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko, two fighters that you’re very familiar with, having fought both of them, how do you see the fight playing out?


Both are great fighters and it’s going to be a great fight that night. Each fighter has their advantages but it’s an even fight and I think the fighter that makes a mistake is going to be the one to fall that night.


You have a very tough assignment this Saturday, but should you get past Vic Darchinyan is there anyone in particular you’d like to face next?


No, right now we’re just focused on this fight ahead of us and we’re not thinking about whose next. I’m focused on beating Darchinyan and then we’ll talk to my manager Frank Espinoza and promoters Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing and we’ll see what’s next. We’ll see what happens after this fight, there may be even a possibility of moving up in weight and facing the best at 122 but we’ll see what happens, right now we’re focused on this fight.


In closing, is there a message you’d like to send to all the fans?


I want to thank everyone that’s supported me and followed me throughout my career and let everyone know that Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez is going to give another great fight on Saturday, April 23rd and that I will always continue to give the fans the best I can possibly give them and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Nokia Theatre.




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