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GoogleMe
02-20-2012, 07:55 AM
How come you don't hear much about Pascual? He's not really mentioned in these boards as an ATG, but he's had a VERY respectful career, with most of his title fights on the road. He possessed some scary power as well.
Is it because he's a flyweight fighter?

crold1
02-20-2012, 01:12 PM
How come you don't hear much about Pascual? He's not really mentioned in these boards as an ATG, but he's had a VERY respectful career, with most of his title fights on the road. He possessed some scary power as well.
Is it because he's a flyweight fighter?

One of the top 5-10 Flyweights ever. Great fighter but he probably doesn't get mentioned much for the same reason most little guys don't...

...they're little guys. You nailed it.

Here's some oldy but goodie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlnHiGvvWqw

My take on him from 09: http://www.boxingscene.com/-top-25-flyweights-all-time-top-ten--21528

6) Pascual Perez (1952-64)
Record: 84-7-1, 57 KO
World Champion 1954-60, 9 Defenses
Flyweight Titlists/Champions Faced ***8211; 3: (Yoshio Shirai, Pone Kingpetch, Efren Torres)

Standing 4***8217;11 is usually not a recipe for being a bad ass but Perez defied such categorization. The 1948 Olympic Gold Medalist from Argentina built one of the finest legacies ever at 112 and he didn***8217;t waste time in doing so once he got started. In December 1952, Perez made his professional debut at age 26, more than four years removed from the U.K. Games. Perez ran off 23 straight wins, 22 by knockout, before a non-title draw with Flyweight Champion Yoshio Shirai in July of 1954. The result was enough to earn him a crack at the crown and in November, 1954 he headed to Japan and wrested the title away from Shirai by unanimous decision. With less than two years as a professional, he was the king at 112 lbs. and would stay that way for just shy of six years, making only nine defenses but also winning numerous non-title starts. Perez would not suffer a pro defeat until January 1959 when, entering 51-0-1, he would fall to upstart Sadao Yaoita by a ten-round decision in Yaoita***8217;s Japanese homeland. Perez did not let the blemish slide, returning to Japan later in the year for November showdown. Perez came off the floor in the second round to stop Yaoita in the thirteenth. It would be his last great night as champion. In his very next bout, then age 34, Perez would lose his crown on a split decision to Kingpetch and in the return, making his first start in the U.S., Perez would suffer his first knockout loss in eight rounds. Perez was done as champion but not as a fighter. From 1961-63, Perez would win 28 in a row before journeyman Leo Zulueta stopped the streak with a split decision and began the drawing of the curtain, the first of four losses in six contests which included a knockout loss to a rising future champion Efren Torres.

Why He***8217;s Here: As is often the case, boxing trades off between deep eras of relative parity and dominant champions. It***8217;s a chicken and egg question as to whether the dominance reflects a weaker era or just a truly special fighter. Perez was certainly the latter but there were elements of the former. Perez had his share of legitimate challengers, men like Dai Dower, Oscar Suarez, and Leo Espinosa, but he lacked for the rivals of the decades which preceded and followed him. He made the most of it regardless, displaying a naked aggression and two fisted power rarely seen in any class and making a case, alongside Middleweight Carlos Monzon, as Argentina***8217;s finest prizefighter. One can only wonder how much more impressive his resume, and already staggering numbers, might have been had he elected for a professional career straight out of the 1948 Games. Those are four youthful years worth pondering. Perez was inducted into the IBHOF in 1995.

mickey malone
02-20-2012, 01:41 PM
How come you don't hear much about Pascual? He's not really mentioned in these boards as an ATG, but he's had a VERY respectful career, with most of his title fights on the road. He possessed some scary power as well.
Is it because he's a flyweight fighter?
Nah, Pascal gets his props on here and over the years, always has done.

Top 5 in all the lists i've seen, and rightly so..