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Cork-based heavyweight suffers devastating first-round KO in world title eliminator

Alexander Povetkin is flying since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

MIKE ‘THE REBEL’ Perez had a tough time in Moscow last night.

Topping the bill against Alexander Povetkin at the Luzhniki Arena, Perez’s bout against the Russian lasted just 91 seconds.

Povetkin (29-1), an Olympic gold medallist in 2004 whose only professional loss came against Wladimir Klitschko, knocked out Perez in the very first round to become the mandatory challenger to newly-crowned WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Perez (21-2-1) hails from Cuba but has been based in Cork since 2008. Last night’s defeat was the second of his career but it’s the first time he’s been stopped.

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