Birth date: September 14, 1983
Birth place: San Pedro de Uraba, Colombia
Division: Junior Welterweight
Height: 5′ 7″ / 170cm
Reach: 70″ / 178cm
Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) is the former WBA World Lightweight Champion. The Colombian native defeated the previously unbeaten Argenis Lopez for the interim title in June 2014
Perez, now 33, would successfully defend his interim world championship twice before meeting England’s Anthony Crolla in Manchester on July 18, 2015.
Perez was able to retain his world title by way of a majority draw against Crolla.
Perez, who was fighting in Crolla’s hometown, had one judge score the fight in his favor (114-113), while another had it for Crolla (116-111). The third judge had it even at 113-113.
Perez, however, was deducted one point on two separate occasions for low blows. If not for the deductions, Perez would have won a majority decision.
“It’s unfortunate that the fight ended in a draw, but sometimes that happens in boxing,” said Perez, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. “I’m going to regroup from this and come back stronger and more determined.”
“We believe Darleys Perez put on an outstanding performance,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “He connected with his jab frequently and had his left hook working all night. The draw isn’t a fantastic result, but he keeps the world championship.”
The pair would meet four months later at the very same venue (Manchester Arena) and this time, Crolla raised his hands as a world champion, knocking out Perez in the sixth round with a body shot.
Perez avenged his world championship defeat in May 2016 by knocking out Ubadel Soto in Colombia.
Perez has overcome significant odds to reach the pinnacle of the sport. He grew up without shoes, rejected a life of danger and violence with Colombia’s deadly paramilitaries, and overcame the deaths of his manager and brother, all while inspiring the next generation of Colombian boxers.
Perez stands 5’7” and was born on Sept. 14, 1983 in San Pedro de Uraba, Colombia.