BOXING’S Cinderella story of the year, undoubtedly, belongs to David Emanuel Peralta. The Argentinian boxer-cum-taxi driver took a short notice fight against former multi-division champion Robert Guerrero and outlasted the veteran en route to a unanimous decision victory in Anaheim, California.
Upon return to his home country, Peralta was hailed a hero. “He could not walk down the street because everybody was jumping on him,” said Peralta’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, to Boxing News. “He was so happy because he really deserved it. He had an excellent career but he got robbed in the last fight that he lost in Argentina. He also lost his trainer a couple of months before that fight, while he was in training. It was very tough.”
With the Premier Boxing Champions calendar frozen in time sans fights, Lewkowicz has a December date earmarked for his fighter, although the bout won’t be against a top name.