Mauricio Herrera gets by Hank Lundy
By Igor Frank
Los Angeles, California – With his theme song- If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all- “ Hard Luck” Herrera didn’t have to sing the blues following his peculiar win over “ Hammering” Hank Lundy on Saturday night. HBO Latino did the live broadcast from famed Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Although it did look like hard luck was going to continue to follow Riverside’s Mauricio Herrera when a clash of heads early in the first round had him reeling around the ring as if he was a drunken sail coming back home from the night on the town.
“He stung me in the first round and I kind of lost focus,” said Herrera (22-5,7KO’S). Aside from a head butt Herrera got hammered by booming right hands from Hank Lundy, at least for the first several rounds.
“I started finding my momentum as the rounds went on, but the issue with the cut really made the fight lose its rhythm,” continued Herrera, 35:” I can’t see how deep the cut is but I feel physically fine and could have kept going. I am in good condition and was landing good body shots and was wearing him down.”
The cut was really bad and the fight should have ended after the first round, but it went past four and was finally stopped at 2:09 mark of the 5th stanza. Judges rendered a majority decision in favor of Herrera. Zach Young scored it 48-48. It was overruled by Eddie Hernandez and Fernando Villarreal, who both scored it 48-47 in favor of Herrera.
“Hammering” Hank couldn’t believe the verdict. “You saw it, “said Lundy (25-5-1,12KO’S):”He couldn’t handle my speed, my power or my skills so he was holding and doing a bunch of other dirty stuff. I know I won the fight. And, I was ready to take him out if it kept going.”
4,672 knowledgeable boxing fans that had to endure poor air conditioning at the LA Sports Arena which hosted its last live boxing event had mixed feelings about the verdict.
In the opening bout of the telecast Nicaraguan tough guy Rene Alvarado(22-5,15KO’S) gave undefeated prospect Jo Jo Diaz(17-0,10KO’S) all he could handle over ten spirited rounds in a featherweight division. Diaz seemed to have problems dealing with non-stop aggression from the Nicaraguan, but his punches were more eye catching and crisp. Judges favored former
Olympian and awarded him unanimous decision: 98-91,96-93,95-94.
“ I feel that I dominated the fight,” said Alvarado afterwards:” And the win should have been mine. This fight should have been for Nicaragua.”
At least there wasn’t any controversy when lightweight Michael “ The Artist” Perez(23-1-2,11KO’S) knocked out Luis Sanchez(17-4-1,5KO’S) in the sixth stanza of the contest scheduled for ten. Unfortunately I didn’t see the punch and neither did a number of my colleagues, but it was a straight right to the body that ended the night.
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