By LITO DELOS REYES
FILIPINO boxer Rey “Technician” Perez and his Mexican-American opponent Christian “Chimpa” Gonzales both made their weights today for their non-title fight tomorrow at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, USA.
Perez tipped the scales at 134.2 lbs. while Gonzales (18W-1L-0D, 15 KOs) submitted 135.8 lbs.
“Mas condition ko karon (I’m more in condition now),” said Perez in a Facebook message after the weigh-in.
Perez of Simbungan, Zamboanga del Norte said that he is now more fit and comfortable of his weight compared to his previous bout.
The 27-year old Perez previously lost his first outing under the RED International Boxing of new manager Rey “Cacoi” Rodis II.
Perez dropped a unanimous decision to undefeated Lamont Roach last November 30 at the MGM National Harbor. Perez was only 131 ½ lbs. when he fought Roach (130 ½ lbs.).
But Perez, who is now training under Mexican coach Lee Espinosa with Filipino assistant Jules Tagalog at the Maywood and Casillas Gym in Los Angeles, said that he can beat Gonzales.
“Kayang kaya,” said Perez, a native of Simbungan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Gonzales, however, is coming from two back-to-back victories after he was knocked out by another Filipino Romero “Ruthless” Duno in the 2nd round last March 10 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles in their battle for the vacant WBC Youth Inter-continental lightweight title.
The Perez-Gonzales fight is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya of the Golden Boy Promotions and will be shown on USA ESPN2 and web ESPN3.com.
It is in the undercard of the WBO NABO featherweight championship fight between unbeaten Joseph “Jojo” Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs) and Victor “Vickingo” Terrazas (38W-4L-2D, 21KOs).