By Luis Sandoval
The boxing world is still talking about last Saturday night’s fight between Junior Welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Mauricio Herrera where most people felt Herrera deserved the victory over his unbeaten opponent. Garcia’s homecoming to Puerto Rico was much harder than he expected as he went 12 hard rounds with Herrera and was awarded a controversial Majority Decision victory.
Herrera is regarded as a tough out as he’s never been dropped or stopped in his career and holds a victory over current WBO Junior Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and gave Mike Alvarado a tough fight as well. While most fans and media felt Herrera did enough to earn a victory over Garcia, the judges saw it differently.
BoxingScene spoke to Mauricio Herrera and asked for his thoughts now that he’s had some time to reflect and let everything sink in. Herrera says he’s watch the fight about 5 times and he gets more upset with each viewing as he feels he won the fight clearly. He would definitely like a rematch but more than that, he thinks both Danny and his father/trainer Angel Garcia need to admit they lost.
“I mean he knows and his dad knows; [Angel] says he speaks the truth in all his videos so hopefully he speaks the truth and sees that his son had a bad day. Yeah he had a bad day and he lost; he didn’t have a bad day and won. He had a bad day and he lost that night and they need to admit that. Even though it was their homecoming and all the buzz was about them, the people in Puerto Rico were not satisfied and I think I killed their whole momentum from the start” Herrera would tell BoxingScene.
Herrera was a heavy underdog coming into fight and while he didn’t endure a sustained verbal onslaught from Angel Garcia like most opponents, Angel did say he felt Herrera was not on their level. He pointed to the fact that Herrera had fought on ESPN and reminded that this was a bigger stage and Danny was a different fighter.
Given what transpired in the ring Saturday night, Herrera was asked if that was a small victory for him to be able to prove to the world and Angel that he’s not a lower tier fighter.
“Yeah, [Angel] was talking a lot of stuff like that which didn’t make sense. He had said Ruslan [Provodnikov] was an ESPN fighter and he had said who I am if I beat him. Ruslan is a world champion. He fought on ESPN and became a world champion. In my mind I was saying ‘Danny Garcia fought on ESPN’ so he was an ESPN fighter too and now he became a world champion. I thought to myself and told everybody I’m from ESPN and I’ll become world champion too. And now I’m a champion but without no belt” said Herrera.
Herrera hopes to land a rematch but if that doesn’t happen, he’s confident his promoter Golden Boy Promotions who he just recently signed with will have something good in store for him.
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