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BBC Sport Details the Rough Road Darleys Perez had to take to Become WBA Champ

ORANGE, Calif. (July 17, 2015) – From growing up without shoes, to avoiding Colombia’s deadly paramilitaries, to becoming WBA lightweight champion – Darleys Perez’s road to the top was beyond tough.

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Sport, Perez talks about his confidence of beating Anthony Crolla on Saturday night in front of Crolla’s hometown fans (Manchester, England), rejecting a life of danger and violence with the paramilitaries, overcoming the deaths of his manager and brother, and inspiring the next generation of Colombian boxers. Continue reading

Anthony Crolla, 134.4 vs. Darleys Perez, 134.4

Both WBA Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) and challenger Anthony Crolla (29-4-2, 11 KOs) weighed in at 134.4 lbs. at Friday’s weigh in in England.

The 12-round championship fight originates from Manchester Arena and is televised locally on Sky Sports.

In previous interviews, the Colombian-born Perez has shown confidence in retaining his world championship, while at the same time paying compliments to Crolla, calling him “Britain’s best lightweight.” Continue reading

“New Blood” Recap: Jose Roman Improves to 21-1, 14 KOs, 7 Straight Wins

(21-1, 14 KOs) soundly defeated veteran Marco Antonio Lopez (24-7, 15 KOs) through eight rounds in what amounted to a satisfying win for the Los Angeles area native.

“Lopez came in with a lot of experience against world class competition,” said Roman, who won with scores 78-73, 79-72, 77-74. “I dropped him in the second, and from there I was able to settle into a nice rhythm.” Continue reading

Carlos Carlson Shines on UniMas, Knocks Out Heriberto Delgado in the Fourth

ORANGE, Calif. (June 15, 2015) – Bantamweight Carlos Carlson (18-1, 12 KOs) showed no problems moving up two divisions to take a fight on short notice on Spanish language broadcaster UniMas versus the young prospect Heriberto Delgado (11-3, 6 KOs). Carlson, who was fighting for the first time at featherweight, rolled right through Delgado for most of four rounds. Continue reading