Undefeated Columbian power-puncher Darley Perez has firmly established himself as a serious contender in the lightweight division, destroying veteran Oscar Meza last Friday night on ShoBox: The Next Generation, at Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
Perez (23-0, 18 KOs), a 2008 Columbian Olympian, introduced himself to the American television audience with a bang, as he controlled the action from the opening bell, consistently beating a game Meza (22-4) to the punch, before finally pounding the tough Mexican him into submission for an impressive victory by technical knockout (TKO6 - 3:00).
After Meza sustained a cut over his left eye, compounded by Perez' brutal assault in the sixth round, Meza's corner asked the referee to halt the action prior to the bell for the seventh.
Perez is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. "Darley was in complete command of the fight," promoter Gary Shaw said. "He certainly made a name for himself in the U.S. We believe he's ready for any of the top lightweights in the world, including world champions Brandon Rios and Miguel Vasquez.
"In addition to his obvious power, Darley showed very good boxing skills, and solid defense. Now, boxing fans know why we are so high on him and Darley is only 28 years old."
The 5' 7" Perez is presently rated No. 5 by the World Boxing Association and No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation.