Acosta top attraction as Perez ruled out

MIKE ‘The Rebel’ Perez is being treated for a dislocated shoulder and will miss tomorrow night’s dinner/boxing show at the Moran Silversprings Hotel in Cork. However, fans can expect fireworks from classy super-bantamweight Alexei Acosta when he tops the bill for the first time.

Acosta, like his Cuban compatriots Perez and super middleweight, Luis Garcia, is a former world junior champion and since arriving in Cork to join the Gary Hyde stable also has an unbeaten record.

But Hyderevealed yesterday that Acosta has been nursing a damaged right hand since his arrival and has won all of his four contests punching with just one hand.

“It is remarkable what he has done because he has been boxing one-handed,” Hyde said. “We have had Paul Stewart, who worked with Prince Naseem, working on him and he has worked wonders.

“For the first time since he came over here he is punching with both hands and he is getting more confident with his right hand. You will see the difference when he tops the bill at Saturday night’s show.

“Up to now we have obviously been shielding him by getting in selected opponents and, in fairness to him, he has done the business even with one hand.

“This time around we have a serious opponent for him in Sergio Victor Caruso from Argentina who has a 16-6 record, has fought the world super-flyweight champion and is ranked 120 places above Alexei.

“This is a huge step up in class for Alexei and it is very exciting because this is the type of opponent we know he can handle since he has been sparring with the best in the world — he sparred Bernard Dunne before his second-last fight.

“And since Glen McCrory took him over he has changed his style. He does not stand erect now but is crouching more and is very difficult to hit.”

As regards heavyweight sensation, Mike Perez, the news is not so good. He won his last three fights and knocked two of those opponents with a dislocated shoulder.

“The prognosis is that he will be out of action until September,” said Hyde.

Super middleweight Luis Garcia has sparred Darren Sutherland in London and Paul David in Newcastle in recent times and he, too, has an interesting opponent tomorrow night in Nestor Fabien Casanova, another Argentine with a big reputation.

Cork light middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan meets former Polish champion Marcin Piatkowski, in his bid to stretch his unbeaten record to eight while Jamie Power, Limerick’s unbeaten light heavyweight, meets Vladimir Idranyi from Romania.


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