A Tribute to Pascual Perez, Argentina’s 4’11” Boxing Giant
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
A native of Mendoza Argentina, Pascual Perez won a gold medal boxing at the 1948 London Olympics in the first post-World War II Olympic Games. A hero in Argentina, between 1952 and 1964, Perez had a professional record of 84-7 with 57 knockouts. After losing four of his last six pro bouts, Perez retired at age 37.
Between 1954 and 1960, Perez figured into 12 NBA and Ring Magazine Flyweight world title bouts, defending his title nine times. Although he won 31 consecutive comeback bouts (all but one in Argentina), Perez never received another shot at a share of the world flyweight title.
Perez was a fighter on the road. Flyweights generally do not sell tickets, so eleven of his twelve world title bouts were outside of Argentina on the road. At 4’11”, Perez, a member of the international and World Boxing Hall of Fame, is among the smallest world champions in the history of the ring, meaning he had to get inside against his foes to win.
“The Little Bull of the Pampas” was Argentina’s first world champion.