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 Last update:  3/6/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Mauricio Herrera: I’m a Spoiler and I'm Being Overlooked
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by David P. Greisman

Maurico Herrera know that he’s the B-side in Danny Garcia’s upcoming fight — Garcia’s first since his big win last year over Lucas Matthysse, and a homecoming bout in Puerto Rico for a star whose parents were born on the island.

But Herrera says he’s being overlooked and, on March 15, very well could play the spoiler to Garcia’s grand plans.

“I don’t think it takes a really tough guy and a big name to beat Danny,” Herrera, a 33-year-old from Southern California, told reporters on a March 5 conference call. “You know, it can just be a guy like me who has some skills, some smartness and an awkward style that can defeat Danny.”

Garcia, who is 27-0 with 16 knockouts, has put together a string of wins over name opponents.

“I think the biggest difference between me and those guys is a lot of those guys had a lot of amateur backgrounds,” Herrera said, arguing that this could actually be a positive in his case. “I don’t have a big amateur background. So I’m not following with the basic punches and rhythms as those guys have, and that Danny has seen and is used to. I’m a little off-rhythm on my shots. I throw with power and sometimes I have no power. Sometimes I go with speed. I can go inside. I can control distance. And I’m hard to hit, if you’ve seen my fights. So I think all of that will make a big difference.”

Herrera is 20-3 with 7 knockouts. The losses came against Mike Anchondo in 2009, Mike Alvarado in 2012 and Karim Mayfield, also in 2012. The Alvarado fight was competitive, though, and Herrera’s record also includes a win over Ruslan Provodnikov in 2011.

He believes that people don’t truly know him, that he’s being misjudged based on his record, and that he could end up surprising people the way that Provodnikov did against Timothy Bradley last year.

“They see you have your losses and they don’t see your whole story and background,” Herrera said. “They’re going to see that I am at that level and will rise to the occasion.”

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Tags: Mauricio Herrera , Danny Garcia , Garcia-Herrera , Garcia vs. Herrera


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comment by YouHateRicans!, on 03-07-2014
[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.]Herrera has no shot. And on top of all he could very well be shopworn by now. Posted from App for Android[/QUOTE] Here we go. The not so subtle attempt to preload the TKO loss excuse. They do it every single time.

comment by Foreign Soil, on 03-07-2014
[QUOTE=hitking]Just like they robbed Provo against him right:lol1:[/QUOTE] Provo was robbed - outlanded Herrera 8 rounds to 4 in power punches and busted his face like you bust your's in Broner's booty dewdew.

comment by sugarsmosley, on 03-07-2014
lol a showcase fight for danny at this time. nothing more

comment by lillu89, on 03-07-2014
[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO]Garcia is going to win by ko no one is beating Garcia at this time[/QUOTE] Man shut your mouth plenty of fighters out there can beat garcia. This focking guy thinks all Puerto Rican fighters are unbeatable smh.

comment by .:: JSFD26 ::., on 03-07-2014
Herrera has no shot. And on top of all he could very well be shopworn by now. Posted from App for Android

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