Ariel Perez’s “Undertaker Moment” Against Steven Motley Jr. Labeled “Real Warrior S**T” by Fans

Published 04/29/2024, 1:00 AM EDT

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Who says boxing can’t be as entertaining, or as dramatic as WWE’s wrestling? The recent four round clash between Ariel Perez and Steven Motley Jr. was exactly that! Despite being untelevised, the light heavyweight bout kick-started the MVP Prospect IV event in Caribe Royale Casino in Orlando, Florida on Friday, headlining Yoenis Tellez vs. Joseph Jackson.

Entering the ring, both Perez (32) and Motley (36) were undefeated, putting their pride and coveted zeroes on the line. And it showed, as both men engaged each other every opportunity they had. Nevertheless, come the fourth round, Perez ended the fight via knockout. However, something interesting happened in the thick of it that made fans dub the fight epic. 

Perez’s comeback: A thing of nightmares or sheer fighting spirit?


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Days after the fight, MVP Promotions shared a clip from the fight on Instagram. Meanwhile, in the clip, Perez and Motley can be seen exchanging blows. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Motley landed a clean left hook on Perez, sending the 32-year-old crashing onto the canvas. It looked like the fight would end right there. That’s when Perez had his Undertaker moment! 

The Tampa, Florida native rose up like the Undertaker used to in WWE. With vengeance on his mind, Perez went after Motley and overcame his brutal knockdown. The moment stood out so much that MVP captioned the clip, “Ariel Perez had a real life undertaker moment in his fight against Steven Motley Jr.” Seeing this extraordinary fight unfold before their eyes, fans couldn’t resist the urge to tap away furiously on their phones to express their thoughts. 


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Fans think Ariel Perez vs. Steven Motley Jr. should have been the main card!

Perez’s comeback was so good, even Motley Jr. commented on the post, saying, “…He beat me fair and square.” So, one fan hailed the clash as the fight of the night while asserting it should have been on the main card. The user wrote, “Fight of the night! Should have been on the main card! Them boys got to it!!!” Interestingly, though the main card saw some action, it largely remained a one-sided affair. 


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Another user didn’t waste time, echoing similar emotions, as the user branded the fight “Real Warrior S**t.” Given the action packed nature of the clash, it isn’t hard to imagine why! 

Someone else criticized Most Valuable Promotions for not televising the fight. The user wrote, “Fight of the night and y’all didn’t even televise them!!! Get it together!” However, the prelim fight was available for viewing live on YouTube and fans can still watch the fight for free. 

The next user praised Perez’s determination to get back up on his feet to defeat his opponent. “Only true warriors get up and send them back,” the user wrote. 


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Another user commended Perez and the entire event for organizing the entertaining night. “He dug deep. Great fight and even better event,” the user commented. 

Despite being on the cusp of their boxing careers, Ariel Perez and Steven Motley Jr. knew how to put on a performance of a lifetime. Their clash and the responses from the fans must have convinced the promotion to bump their next fights to the televised section of the event. What did you think of the fight? 


Written by:

Sudeep Sinha


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Sudeep Sinha is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. His string of noteworthy coverages includes USA Boxing’s new controversial guidelines, Francis Ngannou’s stunning boxing debut, and Amanda Serrano’s tussle with the WBC. Sudeep continues to contribute valuable insights with his passionate understanding of the ins and outs of the sport.
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Snigdhaa Jaiswal