1997-08-23 Jose Bonilla w pts 12 Evangelio Perez, Felix Velazquez Stadium, Cumana, Venezuela - WBA

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1997-08-23 Jose Bonilla w pts 12 Evangelio Perez, Felix Velazquez Stadium, Cumana, Venezuela - WBA. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 114-111, 114-110, 117-110. Although retaining his title, Bonilla (111½) had to sustain a determined challenge from Perez (111½), who was deducted a point for low blows, in a tough, bruising encounter. Having floored his rival in the seventh the champion was himself badly shaken in the tenth, but kept his boxing together to get through.