Lares, Puerto Rico (February 6, 2011) – Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, NJ notched his twelfth victory as a professional following an impressive 8th round stoppage over game Marcos Herrera Friday evening at the Coliseo Felix Mendez in Lares, PR.
Fighting for the first time in what he calls his second hometown, Perez was in control from the opening bell. The former amateur star consistently tagged Herrera with a plethora of punches to both the body and head, while displaying solid defensive reflexes to avoid many return shots. Herrera hung in tough and never stopped fighting until a vicious right hook from Perez badly staggered him. A follow up onslaught forced Referee Ramon Pena to halt bout at 1:36 of the 8th and final round.
“I wasn’t looking for the knockout, I just planned to punish him over eight rounds,” said Perez, who appeared on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series for the second straight time. “I saw the opening to stop him after I landed the right hook and the fans were happy to see the bout end early.”
Perez, 12-0-1 NC (6 KO’s), also acknowledged that at 21, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“I am learning something new and getting better every fight, so I am going to continue working tirelessly until I become a world champion.”