Former junior lightweight title challenger Eloy Perez, who tested positive for cocaine use after losing to Adrien Broner in February: "I'm focusing on myself. I'm just trying to figure things out. I'm disappointed with myself."
Former junior lightweight contender Eloy Perez told RingTV.com that he is receiving counseling for his substance abuse issues stemming from his positive post-fight drug test after his HBO-televised fourth-round knockout loss to WBO beltholder Adrien Broner in February.
"I have just been on the down low, focusing on Eloy Perez. I'm focusing on myself. I'm just trying to figure things out. I'm disappointed with myself," said Perez (23-1-2, 7 knockouts), who was subsequently suspended indefinitely pending a hearing by the Missouri Department of Professional Registration.
"The hardest part is to even show my face. I don't leave the house. I don't leave my home because I'm embarrased. I don't want to just come out and say 'I'm sorry,' because anybody can do that. Now, I'm receiving counseling. I want to get better and get straight on it. I want to take a look at what I did."
Perez's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, has not formally released Perez, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer.
"I just want to say that I'm really sorry and I am embarrased for what I did, but I'm not perfect. Everybody makes mistakes," said Perez. "I have my own demons, and I'm trying to confront those demons, and that's what I'm in the process of doing."
Photo by Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
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