Victor Perez

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Victor "Young" Perez (October 18, 1911 - January 22, 1945) was a Sephardic Jew born in French Tunisia, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. He was born to Khmaïssa Perez a household goods salesman and Khaïlou René Perez. He was raised along with his four siblings in Dar-El Berdgana, the Jewish quarter of Tunis. He started training as a boxer at age 14 along with his older brother Benjamin “Kid” Perez to emulate his idol Louis Phal, “Battling Siki,” a boxing champion from Senegal. Perez had a brief relationship with French-Italian actress Mireille Balin of Monaco.

Perez was denounced to the Occupation authorities and arrested in Paris on Septemner 21, 1943 and detained in the Drancy internment camp before being transported to Auschwitz where he was assigned to the Monowitz subcamp to serve as a slave laborer for I.G. Farben at the Buna-Werke. He was killed on January 22, 1945 on the death march from Monowitz to Gleiwitz.

Boxing career

The 5'1", 110-pound Perez captured the French Flyweight title in Paris in 1930, defeating Kid Oliva from Marseille

On October 24, 1931, he won the International Boxing Union’s version of the World Flyweight crown with a 2nd-round knockout of American champion Frankie Genaro becoming the youngest world champion in boxing history

After losing his title one year...
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