Tuesday 30 May 2017

Boxing: Perez eyes title shot

Unbeaten Cork-based Cuban heavyweight Mike 'The Rebel' Perez earned just over €3,500 a minute after taking under 11 minutes to claim the Prizefighter crown in London on Saturday night.

The Sancti Spiritus-born southpaw, who boxes out of the Watergrasshill BC on Leeside under Patrick Thomas, beat Kerston Manswell, Gregory Tony and Tye Fields to pocket £32,000 from Saturday's one-night tourney at the Alexandra Palace.

Fields lasted less than a minute in the final -- the ref intervening just 42 seconds in after the former AIBA World Junior champ battered his opponent into submission.

Perez said after his win: "Hopefully, after this big win, I will get a world title fight against David Haye or Wladimir Klitschko."

Elsewhere, Irish bantamweight John Joe Nevin helped Paris United claim the inaugural World Series of Boxing Team Championships crown in China on Saturday.

The Parisians finished on top of the podium after beating Astana Arlans of Kazakhstan 4-1 on the day and 6-4 on aggregate in Guiyang City, with Nevin producing a classy performance to beat Mirzhan Rakhimzhanov on a unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Katie Taylor blew away Germany's Maike Kluners 23-2 on a St John's BC hosted show at the Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal on Friday.

John Joe Joyce, Chris Phelan, Declan Geraghty and Davey Joe Joyce also recorded wins for Ireland.

Irish Independent

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