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A native of Newark who now makes his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez first made his name on the amateur boxing scene, where he earned a host of titles, including three East Coast titles.
A native of Newark who now makes his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez first made his name on the amateur boxing scene, where he earned a host of titles, including three East Coast titles, the 2003 Silver Gloves championship, the 2005 Junior Olympic National title, and the 2008 National Golden Gloves title. In October of 2008, Perez entered the professional ranks with a 73 second stoppage of Leon Williams. He followed that up with a first round TKO of Tommy Garcia less than a month later, and though he was forced to accept a technical draw against Andres Reyes on March 7th after a clash of heads cut him and forced the doctor to halt the fight in the first round, Perez eagerly got back in the ring three months later and started a new winning streak with consecutive wins over Thomas Herrera (W4), Jaime Rodriguez (W4), and Richard Ellis (W4). On December 2, 2009, Perez dropped Ron Boyd three times en route to a second round TKO at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and on April 2, 2010, “The Artist” put another impressive victory on his record as he returned to Las Vegas for the second time as a professional and scored a near shutout decision win over Sergi Ganjelashvili. There would be no rest for Perez though, as May and July have seen him add two more wins to his stellar record, first a six round decision win over 5-0 prospect Francisco Reyes, and then a first round TKO over Jorge Ruiz in his New Jersey homecoming. On November 6th, Perez returned to the city of his birth, Newark, for an important bout at the Prudential Center against Hevinson Herrera, and he delivered a 62 second TKO win, sending friends and family home happy. But there was more to come in 2010, as Perez finished off a 5-0 year with a hard-fought eight round split decision win over Jose Hernandez. In 2011, Perez didn’t slow down, as he stopped Marco Herrera in eight rounds on February 4th and then halted veteran Ira Terry in just three frames on May 13th. Both victories, which came in Puerto Rico, earned Perez the “Cinturon Tecate” award from “Solo Boxeo Tecate” as the boxer with the most character in the ring. The Terry bout even saw Perez earn an amazing 87 percent of the votes from fight fans who appreciate the masterpieces “The Artist” is painting with his performances.