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Valdemir dos Santos Pereira
(born November 15, 1974 in Cruz das Almas
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) is a Brazil
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ian boxer in the Featherweight
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As an amateur, Pereira fought as a Featherweight for the Brazilian Olympic Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics
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- Defeated James Swan (Australia)
- Lost to Ramazan Palyani (Turkey)
Known as "Sertão", Pereira turned pro in 2001 and won the Vacant IBF Featherweight Title with a decision victory over Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym
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in January 2006. He lost the title in his first defense, via disqualification against Eric Aiken
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later that year, due to excessive low blows. A rematch was scheduled but never materialized.
He is now living at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.