1986-06-04 Jimmy Paul w pts l5 Irleis Perez, Byrne Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA - IBF

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1986-06-04 Jimmy Paul w pts l5 Irleis Perez, Byrne Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA - IBF. Referee: Joe O’Neill. Scorecards: 143-142, 144-141, 143-143. In what was an extremely close fight, the champion just about made it with his better boxing skills holding up against the two-fisted Perez (134¾), who had him under severe pressure at times. Undoubtedly Paul (135) was better at long range, but Perez chased him down, shrugging off heavy rights and left hooks to get in his own blows. The pace was fairly frenetic at times and by the 13th, as Paul tired rapidly, Perez came with a run and the two fought it out with little between them until the finish.