Tomorrow LA Fight Club gets under way at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles with talented Puerto Rican prospect Michael “The Artist” Perez (23-1-2 11KO’s) as he takes on veteran prospect truth tester Martin Honorio (33-9-1 16KO’s) in the main event.
Perez of Newark, New jersey has recently found a home away from home after being embraced by a demographic never expected to embrace a Puerto Rican fighter, the Mexican-American fan base in Los Angeles. “A lot of my supporters are Mexican, I’m Puerto Rican but I’m Latino and in the end we all have the same blood hell, all of my team are Mexicans.” Los Angeles is notorious with its heavy Mexican population (due to its close three hour drive to Tijuana, Mexico) to not be friendly to Puerto Rican fighters as the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry is one of the absolute strongest rivalries in all sports.
Training at Robert Garcia’s Camp in Riverside, California Perez is living, training, and sparring with staples of California’s rich Mexican boxing tradition. “Training is going good I had a great camp, my other fight got cancelled so I feel like I’ve been ready for a while. I’ve been getting great sparring with guys like Mikey Garcia, Saul Rodriguez, and Hector Tanajara.” Said Perez about his preparation leading into his Estrella TV appearance. “I met Robert through Golden Boy and it’s been great since I got here, I like it in California.”
“Martin Honorio has been around, he has a lot of experience but, I have everything it takes to beat him. I have faster hands, faster feet. He’s a stepping stone and once I beat him I’m going to stay active this year and look for a bigger fight.” On his opponent’s experience and what he expects to see in the ring. Honorio truly has been the stepping stone of late but, he has notched good wins over for champions and top contenders a decade ago when he beat Steve Luevano and perennial Contender John Molina Jr. His most recent notable loss was to fast rising contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco.
“I want to catch the attention of top fighters and get the types of fights I deserve” said Perez, who is ranked in the top ten of two major sanctioning bodies. With solid wins over Fidel Moldonado Jr. and Miguel Acosta a win over Honorio could announce the arrival of a new contender to the 140lb. division in Perez.
LA FightClub can be seen Friday at 7PM PST or Saturday morning at 3AM GMT on Estrella TV or streamed on estrellatv.com or on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios at YouTube.com/Fenomenostudios. The untelevised portion of the fight card will once again be streamed on Ringtv.com beginning at 5:30PM PST or 1:30AM GMT.