Mike Perez wants Tyson Fury bout; Pirog vs. Martirosyan on Sunday

Irish based Cuban Mike "The Rebel" Perez says he wants to shut Tyson Fury's "big mouth" following the English heavyweight's win over American Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last weekend. Perez steam rolled his way to the International Prizefighter title earlier this year to stretch his perfect record to 16 straight wins and he's confident he can do the same to the much hyped Fury on the Manchester man's next scheduled outing on November 12th.

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In the buildup to the Firtha fight Fury, the reigning British and Commonwealth Champ accused Perez of ducking a fight with him, a claim that has infuriated the Cork based southpaw. "Why would I not want that fight?," said Perez. "It's easy money and a chance to make a lot of people happy by knocking him out and shutting his big mouth. Fury is just like his fellow countryman David Haye, he talks the talk but he doesn't deliver. Fury's promoter asked about the fight a few weeks weeks ago when he still didn't have an opponent. I said yes straight away and asked them to send through a contract but we never heard any more about it.

"He says he's fighting again on November 12th so come on, put your money where your big mouth is and make a real offer this time. I watched the fight on Saturday night and it was a joke, it should never have been stopped. Fury was in more trouble in the third round than Firtha was when the fight was stopped in the fifth. Firtha was knocked out cold by Tye Fields, a guy I blew away in 32 seconds in the Prizefighter so I think that speaks for itself."

Having won a World Junior title in the amateur ranks Perez left his native Cuba to turn professional in his adopted home town of Cork in 2008 and has since blazed a trail through the heavyweight division with 12 of his 16 wins coming via KO. Perez has been compared to a young Mike Tyson both in terms of his physical appearance and his aggressive, hard hitting style. Perez needed a combined total of just 96 seconds to win the semi final and final of Prizefighter while his three wins in the one night tournament came against opponents with a combined record of 79 wins and 5 defeats with 71 of those wins coming via KO.

"It was great to bring the Prizefighter trophy back to Ireland," said Perez. "I love living in Cork and the people here have adopted me as one of their own. I dream about bringing the World Heavyweight title back to Cork and I'm currently going through the process of applying for Irish citizenship. I hear big mouth talking about fighting for Irish titles and basing himself here but it takes more than wearing a GAA jersey for 5 minutes or sticking a tweed cap on your head to become an Irishman. If he really is determined to establish himself in Ireland then why doesn't he make a genuine offer and we can find out who really is the future of the heavyweight division."

Having not fought since his Prizefighter victory in May Perez says he is eager to get back in the ring and continue his road to the World Heavyweight title. "I was due to fight myself earlier this month but opponents are definitely running scared," said Perez. "Its frustrating because I don't want to waste my time and the fans time fighting journeymen. Since I won the Prizefighter my team have made genuine offers to established heavyweights like, Kevin Johnson, Fres Oquendo, Johnathon Banks, Jean Marc Mormeck, Jason Estrada, Travis Walker, Derric Rossy, Vinny Maddalone and Mike Mollo but I haven't bee able to get any of these guys in the ring with me.

"Fury has said before that he will fight me anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Well lets see now if big mouth is serious this time, I'm waiting on a contract for November 12th, it's time to put up or shut up."

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World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the Middleweight Title bout between champion, Russian Dmitri Pirog, against Armenian Gennady Martirosyan this Sunday, September 25 at the Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia in a Banner Promotions and GT & KP Promotion presentation.

Valcarcel reported that the referee for this bout between Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs), who is going to defend for the second time his Middleweight Title, and #1 ranked Martirosyan (22-1, 11 KOs), the referee will be Viktor Panin, from Russia. The judges for the fight are Russian Alexander Kalinkin, German Manfred Kuechler and Hungarian Zoltan Enyedi. WBO Supervisor will be Igor Mazurov, from Russia.

Otherwise, WBO Superbantamweight Champion, Jorge "Travieso" Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs), will fight in a 10 round non title bout versus Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-1-1, 6 KOs), from South Africa, this Saturday, September 24, at the Foro Promo Casa in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation.

Remember, the 24th World Boxing Organization (WBO) Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico in 2011, is scheduled to October 24th to 29th. For reservations at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, can call 1 787 253-1700 Ext. 4161, 1 800 241-3333 or accesing

Prospect Boxing pen amateur star Ian Butcher! To make début on 28th October!

After a lot of interest from other promoters and managers,Paul Graham is proud to confirm the signing of former Scottish international Amateur star Ian Butcher. The 19 year old super flyweight ,from Jarvie Motherwell has penned a 3 year deal and looks to make his pro début (subject to licence) on the Prospect's next show at Wishaw Sports Centre on 28th October.

Clearly delighted about his latest signing ,Paul Graham explains the timing felt right for Butcher “He could’ve waited to turn professional after the Commonwealth games in 2014, but decided that there is no time like the present and is keen to make his mark in the pro ranks “

He further adds “This is a signing coop for Prospect boxing as all the top promoters in Britain have been enquiring after Ian but he wants to “keep his feet on the ground” and box on local shows with a local promoter.”

In addition to Butcher ,the 28th October will see Prospect Reguler's Chris Steel,Paul Allison and John McCallum fight .Also making his début on the 28th sees Airdrie Lightweight Barry Craig. Full details on opponent for the undefeated fighters shall be announced soon.

Ticket details for prospect Boxing next show at Wishaw Sports Centre are available from or calling 01698 338 888 . Also you can follow Prospect on Facebook

Article posted on 20.09.2011

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