Cruiserweight Perez gets Super Series berth


The eight-man field is set for the single-elimination World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament — and nearly finalized for the super middleweight field.

The final slot for the cruiserweight tournament went to Mike Perez, organizers announced on Thursday afternoon.

The 31-year-old Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs), a Cuban defector fighting out of Ireland, is a former heavyweight contender who, after a 25-month layoff, dropped 42 pounds and returned on June 10 as a cruiserweight to score a first-round knockout of Viktor Biscak.

Perez’s career has hit hard times since he won a 10-round decision against Magomed Abdusalamov in a brutal heavyweight fight in New York in November 2013 that had tragic results. Abdusalamov suffered a severe brain injury, nearly died and is incapable of walking, talking or caring for himself. Since that bout, Perez is 2-2-1 and has not looked like the fighter he once was.


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