Peralta leaves taxi behind to train in U.S.

David Emanuel Peralta, right, scored a big upset in a split decision victory over Robert Guerrero in August. Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Welterweight David Emanuel Peralta has quit his day job as a taxi driver in his native Argentina.

After scoring a huge upset of former two-division titleholder Robert Guerrero in a 12-round decision on Aug. 27, Peralta is moving his base to Miami, Florida, to make boxing his full-time job. He will begin working with trainer Herman Caicedo.

Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs), 34, was essentially retired from boxing when he accepted the fight with Guerrero. He was listed as a 70-to-1 underdog yet bullied Guerrero throughout the bout and pulled the colossal upset. It was a split decision but Peralta was the clear winner to most.

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz said Peralta will return to the ring in December. He will prepare for the bout -- date and opponent to be determined -- with an experienced trainer in Caicedo, who also works with interim heavyweight titleholder Luis Ortiz, among others.

"I am honored to be coming to the United States to train with a great trainer like Herman Caicedo and beside so many great names in the sport,” Peralta said. “I will train harder than ever to stay in boxing as a top fighter. Thank you to my promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, and to Herman for helping me do this."

Caicedo, who previously trained fighters such as Shannon Briggs and Yuriorkis Gamboa, said he is looking forward to having Peralta in his gym.

"I am excited to have David as part of the family of champions we are creating here at Caicedo Sports," he said. “His win over Robert Guerrero has put him on the map, and I look forward to helping David get to the next level, the championship level."

Lewkowicz said Peralta is willing to fight any top fighter.

“Any champion or top contender can say the word and we will fight them,” Lewkowicz said. “David has great sparring partners available and the time to properly prepare. He is very, very dangerous to anyone in the world. He's going to prove that."