“Dan Goosen wants to promote Mike (Perez) and he has invited us to LA to meet him in November,” Gary Hyde confirmed. “He wants to promote Mike in the US. A lot of people are showing a huge interest in him and that’s hardly surprising.”
But it is working both ways and the organisers of Sunday night’s show have been forced to find an opponent after the defection of Mike Tyson “lookalike” Cliff Couser. The former world junior champion now faces a seasoned opponent in Argentinean Luis Oscar Ricail, who has 17 wins.
“We have gone through three or four opponents for this fight,” Hyde said. “We had Pele Reid lined up but when we sparred him in England last week, word went around like wildfire that Mike was a handful.”
Perez was to have gone to the David Haye training camp in Cyprus to spar but the trip was cancelled when Haye said he did not want a southpaw.
“We then toured England and got spars on five consecutive nights at five different venues,” Hyde said. “It was exactly what Mike needed. I think the Argentine is a very good opponent and this is a fight that could go the distance.”
All three Cork-based Cubans were scheduled to box in Killarney but Louis Garcia has been forced to withdraw because he travels to Castlebar next week to spar Carl “The Cobra” Froch, the world No 2, who is preparing for a world title shot at the end of November. Alexei Acosta, who was very impressive on his debut at Neptune Stadium, meets Nicolae Cristian from Budapest on the bill but a man who is sure to have a big following in Killarney is Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan who his manager, Packy Collins, dubs “the real rebel”.
He was brilliant at Neptune and for his sixth public appearance as a pro will entertain Roberto Oliveira De Jesus, a Brazilian with seven wins to his credit.
Philip Sutcliffe, the former European bronze medallist, is co-promoting Sunday night’s bill with Don O’Leary (DolPhil Promotions) and yesterday he guaranteed fans an exciting night of boxing. “None of the fights will be easy,” the Dubliner insisted. “I think it showed the calibre of boxer here in Ireland and we will have some new faces on parade on Sunday night and none of them will get an easy fight.’’
“We have Stan Waldron from Roscommon making his professional debut against Ciaran Healy, a seasoned pro who has fought for an Irish title.
“As regards Mike Perez, everyone is running scared at the moment — nobody wants to fight him — but we feel we have found a durable opponent who has been around the block.”
The Card for Sunday night is: Heavyweight: Mike The Rebel Perez (5-0) v Luis Oscar Ricail (24-21).
Cruiserweight: Ian Timms (4-0) v Remigijus Ziausys (7-14).
Light Middleweight: Gary Spike O’Sullivan (5-0) v Roberto Oliveira De Jesus (7-14).
Light Welterweight: Stephen Ormond (pro debut) v Juris Ivanovs (3-13).
Middleweight: Anthony Fitzgerald (pro debut) v Kirill Pshonko (1-1).
Light Heavyweight: John Waldron (pro debut) v Ciaran Healy (9-9).
Featherweight: Willie Casey (pro debut) v Carlos Caolho De Jesus (7-1).
Middleweight: Robbie Long (1-0) v Sandris Thomson (2-14).
Super Bantamweight: Alexei Acosta (1-0) v Nicolae Cristian.