Mexican welterweight warriors Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico sacrificed their souls in a fight where the closing tenth-round will make for a strong "Round of the Year" contender. Herrera, taking control of the fight early on while utilizing his jab and was able to go toe-to-toe with Soto Karass in the later rounds. Ultimately, it was Herrera who was awarded the majority decision win, with judges' scores of 96-94, 96-94, and 95-95.
"Give me two months, and I'll be back," said Mauricio Herrera. "I felt like I started out strong, landing my jab, and was controlling the fight smart. By the end of the fight, I was standing a bit more and landing more of the obvious open shots."
Herrera continued, "I will give him the later rounds, because I do feel that he came in strong; however I feel like overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took a year off. I can't wait to get back in the ring."
"I feel like an injustice was just committed," said Jesus Soto Karass. "So much hard work that went into this. I had to drop 40 pounds to be able to take this fight, and my team and I feel like all the runs up Mt. Baldy, diet restrictions, and the work that we displayed in the ring tonight should have merited the win."
Soto Karass continued, "At the end of the day, as I have said before, the people who won today was the public who enjoyed and supported us. At this height of my career, I have to go back to my family, and we are going to have to make some tough decisions. Above all though I am content and am happy that I took this fight."
Special guests of the night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card included former three-time WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Israel "Magnifico" Vazquez, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, Brazilian UFC World Champion Jose Aldo Junior, and fighters Oscar Duarte, NABF bantamweight champion Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete, Randy "El Matador" Caballero, and Roberto "Massa" Ortiz.
Opening up the ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast, the newly crowned again WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles took back his belt in a seventh round knockout of Philadelphia's Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-1-1, 4 KOs). "Chingonskyy" solidified his comeback performance, clearing the water with Unthank-May, landing 45 percent of his power punches and 14 jabs per round. "2Gunz" received a cut over his left eye in the brunt of their exchanges during the second round, and was almost knocked down during the seventh round. Before the eighth round could commence, Unthank-May's corner waved the towel, awarding the seventh round knockout victory and light heavyweight title to Shabranskyy.
"I'm happy to have my belt back," said Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. "I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera, and I've been working on moving my head and body a lot more. He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am ready to start taking on bigger fights again."