Perea belittles Jaca

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


JOSE Emilio Perea expects his title fight with former world title contender Jimrex Jaca to be a tough battle on Saturday night. But it’ll be a war that he is certain will go his way.

“That’s why I’m here. I came here to win, and I have all the attributes of becoming a great champion,” a confident 30-year-old Perea said yesterday in a press conference at the Allure Hotel and Suites. “I don’t know if it will be by knockout or decision but I have confidence that I will win.”

Perea is facing Jaca for the vacant World Boxing Organization Oriental light welterweight crown in one of the featured bouts this Saturday night in Pinoy Pride 20 – “Laban kung Laban” at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

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Ernesto Salgado, Perea’s trainer, has witnessed Jaca in action and he believes that it won’t be a walk in the park for his ward.

“We are expecting a tough fight. Jimrex Jaca is a great fighter. He gave (Juan Manuel) Marquez trouble in their fight,” he said.

Salgado was Juan Manuel Marquez’s former conditioning coach and he trained him when he fought and knocked out Jaca in the ninth round in 2006.

Perea’s record is actually 29-2 with 20 knockouts instead of 22-2 with 14 knockouts, which was earlier reported. Jaca, on the other hand, is 37-6-3 with 21 knockouts.

Perea is a former World Boxing Council Fecarbox lightweight and super featherweight champion. He has a win over World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver lightweight champion Daniel Estrada and has fought but lost to 22-year-old prospect Jose Lopez.

In the other featured fight, Isack Junior (20-3-2, 8 KOs) looks to upset surging unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Genesis Servania (19-0, 7 KOs) to boost his credentials.

“It is an important fight. We have prepared for this for a couple of months. We are looking for a championship. We will fight hard and we are hoping to win,” said Arlo Lahenda, Junior’s trainer.

A win for Servania would earn him a slot in Top Rank’s second show in Macau on July 27 against Japanese Konosuke Tomiyama.

Junior is off from back-to-back losses in Japan. But he owns a unanimous decision win over former world title challenger Bert Batawang in 2011.

Jason Pagara (30-2, 19 KOs) defends his WBO International light welterweight crown against Aaron Herrera (25-1, 17 KOs) in the main event.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 23, 2013.

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