2003-01-04 Luis Alberto Perez w pts 12 Felix Machado, The Armory, Washington DC, USA - IBF
2003-01-04 Luis Alberto Perez w pts 12 Felix Machado, The Armory, Washington DC, USA - IBF. Referee: Ken Chevalier. Scorecards: 115-112, 114-113, 110-117. A major upset occurred when Perez (114) came in at just five days notice to defeat the champion in what was a battle of southpaws. From the moment Machado (114) suffered a broken right cheekbone in the first round, an injury which could be explained by the massive swelling, his days as champion were numbered as he was caught repeatedly by the jab throughout. Both men slugged away, there never being much between them, but a point deducted from Machado’s total in the fifth for punching low ultimately proved costly.