|Alex Perez: “I’m Cracking the Top Ten in my Next Three Fights”
By Rob Tierney (Sept 29, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
Alex Perez has made a promise. He has
vowed to crack the top ten in boxing’s most talent rich division in
his next three fights. However, in order for Alex to accomplish this
goal, three men have to be willing to step up and face him. So far,
the line is empty.
big night in Atlantic City this weekend starring Sergio Martinez and
Darren Barker, as well as Andy Lee and Brian Vera, has been rounded
out and ready for months with one exception. An undercard opponent
for Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez is still unnamed in the
days leading up to fight night.
to those who know him, it makes perfect sense. Alex has faced more
adversity throughout his life than anyone could possibly offer him
inside the ring. Therefore, it isn’t shocking that Alex is still
without a dance partner for Saturday night’s schedule of brawls at
the Boardwalk Hall.
opportunity to stand in harm’s way has never looked attractive no
matter how it is offered. Therefore, finding three little pigs to
willingly arrive at the slaughterhouse over the next twelve months so
that Perez can pave his path to stardom won’t be easy either. This
week, Alex is in training in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey with
no photograph to place on his mirror. Still, he is ready for whoever
shows up on Saturday in Atlantic City.
week, Alex shared more thoughts on his past as well as what fans can
expect in his future.
Tierney: Alex, how difficult is it to prepare for an unnamed
Perez: At this point, I’m
getting ready for whoever. This is what I do. This is my life. I
would like to say though that I don’t break contracts. It could be
King Kong. I’ll be ready to fight him.
You mention broken contracts. How are you left without an opponent
in the days leading up to the fight?
AP: Initially, I was supposed
to fight Brian Vera’s brother Gilbert. However, he pulled out. I
guess his heart is suspect. Still, I am ready to fight anyone. I am
hoping that by tomorrow, or at least by fight night, someone shows
I know that you have had a tough path thus far both inside and
outside the ring. Yet, you are still fighting despite 14 opponents
that attempted to put a loss on your record and a court room that,
you claim, unjustly tried to convict you. You are still here. How
difficult has it been to stay focused on the goals that you have set
for yourself throughout this rocky ride?
AP: I’m a real fighter inside
and outside the ring. I had a lot of ups and downs. Not only am I
undefeated, I’ve been shot up and I also faced thirty years in
prison. Still, with the support of my team, Jose Rosario, my manager
Danny Serratelli my advisor/lawyer, and Lou DiBella, my promoter and
many others, I didn’t back down and I am here and ready for whoever
is willing. I just don’t know if anyone is willing.
What specific goals do you have for yourself right now?
AP: Right now, my goal is to crack the top ten in my next three fights.
That’s right! I’m cracking the top ten in my next three fights.
Is there anyone in particular that you are looking to fight in the
top ten? Do you have your eyes on anyone that you would like to call
AP: Not at all! One thing
about me that everyone should know is that I just look at whoever
they put in front of me. We all know there is no guarantee in the
hurt business so I bring my game to every single fight. I’ll fight
There is a hotbed of talent at Welterweight. Mayweather, Pacquiao
and Ortiz are out there at 147 and the division is not going to be
easy to compete in over the next few years. Do you plan on fighting
at Welterweight for a while?
AP: Right Now? Yes! I see
myself staying here with ease. I have no problem getting to the
weight. I have made 147 every time I have tried. There are no
What are your thoughts about fighting on such a big HBO ticket? I
know that it is going to be untelevised and you have already been on
ESPN. However, are you thinking about the crowd at all? Is there
any added pressure?
AP: Not at all! You know what
Rob; my virginity is in the books when it comes to big crowds
already. I was on the undercard of the Cotto-Quintana fight as well
as an Arturo Gatti fight. This is just another day at the office.
This will not be anything new for me.
Boxing fans love knockouts and many fans would like to see more of
them on big tickets. Do you feel like a knockout is necessary in
order to gain notoriety on a big night like this one?
AP: I mean I would be lying to you if I said I am not going for the
knockout. So, if I have to punish him physically for eight rounds in
order to get it I will. I want to make an impression.
Well Alex, is there anything you would like to say to all the fans
that will be in attendance on Saturday night, especially those coming
from your hometown of Newark?
AP: I just want to thank my
team, my supporters and everyone who is looking to see me perform.
It has been a tough road but I want to thank God for bringing me to
where I am right now.
Well thank you Alex! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday
AP: Thank you!
the time of our discussion on Tuesday night, Alex was still without
an opponent. However, should one sign the dotted line by fight
time, it would be worth it for all the fight attendees planning to
arrive in Atlantic City on Saturday night to attend the card early.
Alex Perez is not a typical untelevised, undercard fighter. He is a
prospect in the making. An opponent is still being promised to him
by Saturday night and Alex has every intention of stepping into the
ring on Saturday night.
not having an opponent in the fight game is sometimes more
detrimental than facing even the most dangerous opponent of all.
Above all things, a fighter needs to fight in order to continue
building his fan base and representing his hometown. Hopefully,
another fighter will step up and fight Alex on Saturday night so that
the fight game will have an opportunity to witness a new welterweight
star in the months and years ahead.
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