Sudden death of Eloy Perez shocks boxing community
By Bill Tibbs
The boxing world was saddened by the news of the passing of former super featherweight contender Eloy Perez. The Salinas, California residing boxer hadn’t fought since his world title loss in 2012 to (then undefeated champion) Adrien Broner.
In a seven year career, Perez put together a very respectable record of 23-1-2 with 7 KO’s. Along the way he added the WBC United States (USNBC) title and the WBO-NABO junior lightweight title to his trophy case.
Born in Ranier, Washington, Perez, turned professional after an impressive amateur career. He originally cut his teeth in the Pacific Northwest region before relocating to California and signing on with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
After turning pro in 2005, Perez went unbeaten in his first 16 bouts going (14-0-2) before capturing the USNBC super featherweight title in 2009. In his very next fight, he won the WBO-NABO super featherweight title. After making one title defense of his USNBC title in January of 2010 he would make 4 NABO title defenses in 7 straight wins over the next year-and-a-half. This run led to a world title shot against WBO world super featherweight champion Adrien Broner. Perez would be stopped in the 4th round in the fight in the only loss of his career.
Details of his passing are unclear as Perez passed at the all-too-young age of 32.
Many people in the boxing world who worked with Perez through his career are remembering an always-smiling, humble young man who simply wanted to be the best fighter he could be as he aspired to be a world champion. Los Angles based Sheer Sports Management’s Rachel Charles, who worked with Perez over his career was, as she put it, “simply gutted", at the news of his passing.
“I really am in bits over this loss, Bill,” she said. “He was such a nice young man, a good fighter and wonderful person to be around. He was a joy to work with as he treated me, and everyone he was around, with kindness and respect. We shared a lot of laughs and I will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to his family. He was the best," she said.
Rest in Peace Champ.
Editor’s note: I interviewed Eloy a number of times when he fought in the Bay Area. He was always kind and gracious. He made time for everyone. Rest easy.
Maxboxing sends our condolences to the Perez family.