In Castellon, Spain, Albuquerque’s Abraham Perez on Tuesday became the first U.S. amateur boxer to win a bout since COVID-19 shut down the sport early in the spring.
Perez, fighting in the Boxam Tournament at 114 pounds, defeated Peru’s Roger Smith Rivera by split (4-1) decision.
“It feels good,” he said in a USA Boxing interview. “After I don’t how how many months … of not fighting it feels good to get my feet back in there. It feels good to get wet, get the rust out. It felt great.”
Perez was the only one of four U.S. boxers to win a first-round bout on Tuesday. He’s scheduled to face Spain’s Jose Manuel Torres Valdez on Wednesday.
Los Angeles’ Anthony Herrera, who is the U.S. Olympic qualifier at 114 pounds — despite having lost twice to Perez in the Olympic Trials — is scheduled to face Spain’s Salvador Martin Molina on Wednesday.