Teresa Perozzi will now be able to bring in sparring partners to help her train.
Bermuda’s boxing world champion Teresa Perozzi will be able to bring in top class sparring partners from overseas to help her prepare for future title fights, after Capital G stepped up to sponsor her.
The 32-year-old who retained her NABC Middleweight title against Martha ‘Sexy Mex’ Deitchman said the financial support would help her prepare more thoroughly for future fights.
She is likely to opt for a friendly bout at the Teacher’s Fight Night later this month with a view to making another title defence or challenging for a different belt in the summer.
An open-air world title fight to coincide with the Cup Match holiday is one of the suggestions currently on the table.
Whatever the circumstances of her next bout, Perozzi is in no doubt, she will be better prepared than ever before.
As well as providing equipment and financial compensation for time off work, the bank will help provide sparring partners — something the fighter sees as crucial to her development.
Previously, Perozzi has complained in the past that it has been impossible for her to prepare as she would have liked for fights because there are no other professional women fighters on the island.
Deitchman and Scroller Carrington, who she beat to win the belt in Trinidad last year, have already been discussed as potential partners for future bouts.
She will also be able to keep coach Quinton Mallory on board as part of ‘Team Perozzi’.
“This is going to help me prepare more professionally and make boxing a little bit easier for me to do,” Perozzi said.
“It’s also helping me to look more long-term with this. Right now every time I fight, I’m thinking — I can’t do this any more. It’s so stressful outside of the ring,” she added.
Perozzi noted that her bout against Deitchman was the first of her career that she pulled off “according to plan.”
“This last fight was the first fight that’s come off as planned without controversy or incident. With the support team and the training team I’m getting in place I can definitely look more long-term,” she said.
Perozzi added that she was relieved and grateful to Capital G for approaching her with the offer.
“It adds a little bit more pressure but I’m starting to learn how to handle that.”
Sarah Farrington, president and CEO of the bank, said she had followed Perozzi’s career and saw her as a role model to other young female athletes.
“She is a woman doing well in what’s seen as a man’s field. I admire Teresa in what she is doing and we want to assist her,” Farrington said.