1956-06-30 Pascual Perez w rtd 11 (15) Oscar Suarez, Penarol Stadium, Montevideo, Uruguay - WORLD

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1956-06-30 Pascual Perez w rtd 11 (15) Oscar Suarez, Penarol Stadium, Montevideo, Uruguay - WORLD. Referee: Juan Galindo. Floored for an ‘eight’ count in the fifth round, Perez (108) came right back to grind Suarez (111) down and force his corner to throw the towel in during the 11th. With both men cut, there was no doubting that the champion had been shocked into a fight-back.

Two more ten-round non-title fights that saw Perez and his fellow Argentinians weighing in publicly at less than 112lbs came against Ricardo Valdez (w rsc 5 at the Ramon Santamaria Club, Buenos Aires on 3 August) and Hector Almaraz (w co 3 at the Norte Stadium, Rosario, Argentina on 25 August).

Prior to this, Jack Solomons, Britain’s leading promoter, had tried in vain to make a Dai Dower v Perez fight in Wales during the summer, but had been unable to get a stadium big enough for the occasion. A brilliant boxer, Dower had been on 27 straight since turning pro, beating good calibre opponents like Henry Carpenter, Joe Cairney, Terry Allen, Heintje Van Der Zee and Alex Bollaert prior to winning the British Empire title from Jake Tuli (w pts 15 at The Arena, Harringay, London on 19 October 1954). He next won the vacant British title when beating Eric Marsden (w pts 15 at The Arena, Harringay, London on 8 February 1955), before taking the European crown from Nazzareno Giannelli (w pts 15 at Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London on 8 March 1955) and then losing it in an upset to Young Martin (l co 12 at the Ice Rink, Nottingham on 3 October 1955). Having jumped to number one in The Ring magazine ratings at the expense of Dower, Martin took off for Mexico where he was knocked out inside a round by Memo Diez at the Cuatro Caminos Bullring, Mexico City on 18 March 1956.

In August, the NBA ordered Perez to defend his title against the number-one contender, Diez, within the six-month limit. However, with Perez having already received an offer to defend against Japan’s fourth-ranked Hitoshi Misako the Japanese Boxing Commission was appealing to the World Championship Committee to use their influence. With negotiations still ongoing, in October it was reported that Perez would be meeting Diez or Misako in December, and a few weeks later the latter was named as his next opponent. For whatever reason, the Misako fight was called off and Perez v Diez was set for 30 January in Buenos Aires, before that too was called off after Diez pulled out suffering from nervous exhaustion. It had not been the greatest of build-ups for Diez, having been defeated by Dommy Ursua (l pts 10 at the Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California, USA on 11 December) in his previous contest. With the authorities on Perez’s case, Dower, now suffering weight problems, was drafted in at short notice after being inactive since July due to being called up by the Army.