When last we saw Paris, the then-hot prospect was being taken apart and outclassed by Zab Judah. Finally, he was stopped in Round 9. With that loss, all hype died from Paris’ career.
Looking back at the fight, it’s now apparent that Judah was simply too much of a step up for Paris. In a recent fight, Judah gave current unified world titlist Danny Garcia all he might handle. Paris, meanwhile, has solely ever had 3 notable wins: Tim Coleman, Courtney Burton, and Juan Santiago. All these fighters are career journeymen and were nowhere suited to giving Paris the preparation to take on Judah.
Perez, then, is the perfect fighter to resuscitate Paris’ career. His career highlight is holding Brandon Rios to a draw, though he later lost the rematch. Perez also has wins over Jose Miguel Cotto, Edgar Santana, Aaron Melgarejo, and Victor Barela. As for recent losses, they were all to well known fighters: Paul McCloskey, Mercito Gesta, Diego Magdaleno, Brandon Rios, and Matt Remillard.
Television: ESPN2 (USA)
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