Mike Perez-Carlos Takam
Mike 'The Rebel' Perez 20(12 KO)-0-0 vs Carlos 29(23 KO)-1-0 will face off tomorrow night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Mike Perez is best known for his big hearted performance vs Magomed Abdusalamov where he showed a solid chin, good handspeed, and a willingness to trade. However the fight resulted in Magomed being hospitalized for quite some time and we have seen before where boxers are broken after breaking their opponents, (the late great Hector Macho Camacho and Chris Eubank come to mind) but Perez is adamant not to let that fight control his future and has dedicated this fight to Magomed which is a kind hearted gesture and very respectable from Perez.
Carlos Takam is less well known, but he is a pressure fighter with quick hands and can move his head well. He cuts off the ring fairly well but I doubt that will come in to play very much given Perez's willingness to trade. takam holds a TKO win over Michael Grant who despite his age was showing signs that he was finding a good rhythm and being competitive with top heavyweights. Takam stopped Grant in the 8th round and it was the first stoppage loss for Grant in 10 years. Takam also stopped Frans Botha and journeyman Gbenga Oloukun which shows to me at least that his power or his ability to put punches together IS enough to be considered a true threat. The only loss Takam has was dealt to him by Gregory Tony who really boxed and put his punches together well to beat up on Takam.
The last betting I checked on had Perez COMFORTABLY ahead -714 for Perez to +450 for Takam...I for one think it's closer than that but given Perez's mental state I guess we'll have to see.
Keys for a Perez win: To beat Takam, Mike is going to have to make friends with the jab to set up the left cross. Takam is not a guy who throws straight punches, but they are crisp, they get to the target quickly so Perez will have to keep that in mind and bring his hands back HIGH to avoid counters. Perez will have to keep the fight off the ropes and be sure to pivot to keep Takam from cutting the ring down. I do not expect Perez to go to war, I expect him to BOX and if he does that he'll have an easier time with Takam. The main thing is that Perez doesn't take unnecessary punishment, there's no need to fight down to someone's boxing level, if you can take Takam to school start the bus and drive him there! If you decide to brawl with Carlos then you're rolling the dice.
Keys for a Takam win: Cut the ring down, move your head, mix it up throw to the head and to the body to take away the legs. Maul, brawl, smother, roughhouse! Perez is a good technical fighter, but Magomed really gave him a hard fight. Mago's hands were slower and his punches wider but he still landed, and he was head hunting too! Which means Takam should be able to rip off some combinations and do damage. Perez has a leg up in his technical ability so Takam has to make him go to war and just hope his firepower hurts Perez.
I believe this will be a very FUN fight for the fans and I hope it turns out in MY favor which is a Takam victory.
"Drown in a vat of whiskey.....death where is thy sting?" - W.C. Fields.