Silence Mabuza vs. Yonnhy Perez
2009-05-29 : Silence Mabuza 116¾ lbs lost to Yonnhy Perez 117¾ lbs by TKO at 1:06 in round 12 of 12
- Location: Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
- Referee: Kenny Chevalier
- Judge: Franco Ciminale
- Judge: Alfred Buqwana
- Judge: Wally Snowball
- Silence Mabuza 22-2 (18 KOs) vs. Yonnhy Perez 18-0 (13 KOs)
- IBF Bantamweight Title Eliminator
- Mabuza came in ranked as the # 4 bantamweight in the world by The Ring Magazine. Perez was unranked by the same publication.
- For Mabuza, it was his 3rd defeat in his last 7 bouts.
Mabuza used a higher work rate and ring experience to score well in the opening rounds. In the latter rounds, however, Perez began to time Mabuza on his way in and began to swing the momentum of the bout. Mabuza went down in Round 12 from a right hand. He was able to beat the count, but a follow-up barrage from Perez forced the referee to step in and wave and end to the bout.