|birthdate||1985-10-20 (age 28)|
|rating||18 / 1110
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|height||6′ 1″ / 185cm|
|birth place||Ciego de Avila, Cuba|
|birth name||Ismaikel Pérez Pérez|
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Ismaikel “Mike” Pérez Pérez (born 1985 in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba) is a Cuban professional boxer best known to win the World Junior Amateur Championships at light heavyweight in Jeju in 2004. Perez also, won the International Prizefighter tournament. He is currently going through the process of obtaining Irish citizenship. He’s known for his skills and cast iron chin.
He went up to 201 lbs but had problems with the world class domestic competition like 2006 champion Luis Ortiz who beat him in 2006 (he returned the favor in 2007) and especially by Osmay Acosta who beat him 2007 in the National Final.
In 2008, he turned professional in Cork under Cuban coach Nicholas Cruz (Hernández) who came to Ireland in 1988. He calls himself Mike “The Rebel” Perez.
Perez has a professional record of 20 fights and 20 wins including 12 knock-outs.
On 7 May 2011, Perez won the International Prizefighter tournament, beating Kertson Manswell and American Tye Fields in the final to take home a £32,000 prize. After the fight, Perez stated the victory would earn him a world title shot in the near future.
Perez made his United States debut on 30 December 2011, against the Nigerian heavyweight boxer Friday Ahunanya. The location for the fight was Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California. Perez won a unanimous decision, by winning all of the rounds, on the judges’ scorecards. He did not fight in 2012. He returned to the ring in 2013, on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko vs. Francesco Pianeta.
On May 4, 2013, he met Travis Walker and won the fight by unanimous decision after 10 rounds.
On November 2, 2013, he made his HBO debut by defeating undefeated Russian Magomed Abdusalomov at Madison Square Garden. He won by unanimous decision after 10 rounds. Mike Perez returned on January 18, 2014 to fight Carlos Takam at the Bell Centre in Montreal for a MD Draw. The fight was shown on HBO on the Pascal V Bute under card.
He is set to face Bryant Jennings next.