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Mauricio Herrera Snags WBA Gold, Decisions Perez

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Coming off a controversial decision loss to champion Danny Garcia earlier this year, Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7KOs) captured the WBA interim-junior welterweight championship with a twelve round majority decision over Johan Perez (19-2-1, 13KOs). The scores were 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.

Herrera was outworking and outlanding Perez, who stayed on the move and allowed Herrera to comes forward for the first five rounds. In the sixth, Perez final started coming forward and making it a war on the inside. From that point on, close exchanges became the norm and Herrera often outlanded Perez.

Perez was never able to get a big rally going. Herrera's iron chin was able to easily absorb every significant punch that landed, and he always fired back with a series of punches to disrupt Perez's rhythm.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Vicious. on 07-13-2014

[QUOTE=PETUFF;14751113]they rob perez!!:boxing::chairshot[/QUOTE] Danm u must really like gift decisions

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-13-2014

Herrera deserves a rematch with Garcia this winter. Broner is a nice fight, but it's not a rematch with the champ. Now that Herrera is a champ too, Garcia either has to give him a rematch or move up to…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 07-13-2014

Best fight of the night.

Comment by omyblaze57 on 07-13-2014

Where is the fun of winning an interim belt, when that sanctioning body has 2 champs rated over you? Extremely nonsense, but nonetheless, great win for Herrera. He's fun to watch.

Comment by nycsmooth on 07-13-2014

good win 4 Mauricio, he won it & hope he gets a few better $$ fights...

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