DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Last night in Dominican Republic, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions', Darleys Perez (30-1, 19 KOs), captured the WBA Interim Title with a hard fought victory against Argenis Lopez (19-1, 7 KOs), who was fighting in his home country.
From the opening bell, Perez was the busier fighter as he threw more punches and landed the cleaner shots. Lopez never really got into a rhythm and Perez took advantage of the situation by outworking him throughout the fight. Neither fighter was seriously hurt. Scorecards read 116-112 and 117-111 twice, all in favor for Perez.
With the win, Perez cements himself as a serious player in the lightweight division. Many fights can be made with Perez challenging any of the world champions at 135lbs. Promoter Gary Shaw feels Perez is on his way to a big time fight.
"This is a very big win for us," said Gary Shaw. "Thompson Boxing and GSP are very thrilled to have another world champion to promote. There are some big fights that can be made so we'll get working on some great opportunities for Perez. For Perez to win a decision in Lopez's hometown is amazing. He really earned this victory with tremendous heart and grandeur."
"I knew I had to give it my all to come out here and earn a decision," said Perez. "I felt I was in control of the fight from the very beginning. I never let up and kept coming strong with controlled pressure. I know my promoters, Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing have some big plans for my future, so I'm going to just enjoy this win and get back to work when I get home. I'm happy to bring this title home to Colombia."
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