by David P. Greisman
Former flyweight titleholder Isidro Perez has died in Mexico, according to an article posted Wednesday on the World Boxing Council’s website.
“This information was provided by [his] sister … who said that the former champion was found at the Forensic Medical Service in Mexico City,” the article said. “Isidro was disappeared since September and [his family was] worried since he did not charge his monthly pension that Telmex gave him.”
Perez was 48, according to BoxRec.com.
He turned pro in 1979 at the ripe old age of 14, according to BoxRec, and fought until 1997, retiring with a record of 57 wins, 9 losses, 3 draws and 41 knockouts.
He had challenged unsuccessfully for the WBC’s 108-pound title in 1987, losing a unanimous decision to future International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Jung-Koo Chang. He also lost in his next shot at a belt, dropping a decision to Jose De Jesus in 1989.
But he would go on to capture the World Boxing Organization’s vacant title at 112 pounds in 1990, scoring a 12th-round stoppage of Angel Rosario. He would defend it successfully twice before losing a split decision to Pat Clinton in 1992.
He spent five years away from the sport before fighting twice in 1997 in a brief comeback, according to BoxRec.
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