Benavidez Throws Less Than Herrera, But Gets UD12

Mauricio Herrera met Jose Benavidez in the TV opener on HBO, from the Cosmo in Vegas, on Saturday night, and the unbeaten man’s status stayed the same. Herrera was a busy beaver, ultra active to the body, and but didn’t sway the judges; Benavidez won a UD12, via scores of 116-112, 116-112, 117-111. Herrera’s experience spoke loudly, as did his stamina, to me, but the judges had final say.

The stats: Herrera went 285-870 to 250-647 for the winner.

Ben (21-0 going in) is a Phoenix guy, while Herrera (21-4 entering) is a Cali guy.

It was Herrera, then Benny, then up for grabs late.

Ben’s jab was on message, and the upjab stung Herrera. The swollen left eye didn’t become too bothersome on Herrera, who stalked Ben, went low and high, banged to the body with the right, as Ben backed up a lot and countered. Herrera was up 89 to 80 in power punches thru eight.

In the ninth, H bore in, sent the message to the judges he wanted it more. “Herrera has seized the initiative once more,” said Hall of Famer to be Jim Lampley after nine.

Ben’s long jab popped to start the tenth. Herrera hung on the ropes, as his corner yelled for him not to. Then Ben backed to the ropes, took a breather. He deserved it, as H established a Compubox record for landed body blows…and this was with two rounds remaining.

In the 11th, the body assault continued. A sweeping left hook from Herrera jazzed the crowd. “You gotta stop him,” the Ben corner told their guy. In the 12th, both demanded much of themselves. They flurried and went to the cards.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Sin City can never end the year without robbing somebody. Holla!


-riverside :

Top rank and golden boy trying to mend fences end up throwing my boy under the bus. Now Ben will fight a top rank fighter for sure like Crawford or Vargas who were at ring side, looks like we got the shaft! Out cold. Oscar better put us in the card if Ben fight any of these two guys, but now top rank is messing with MH future purses corrupt SOBs.


-Radam G :

Top rank and golden boy trying to mend fences end up throwing my boy under the bus. Now Ben will fight a top rank fighter for sure like Crawford or Vargas who were at ring side, looks like we got the shaft! Out cold. Oscar better put us in the card if Ben fight any of these two guys, but now top rank is messing with MH future purses corrupt SOBs.
No way that J-Ben fights T-Craw. Maybe he gets Vargas, or even C-Al. And I do think that M-He will be on the under card to get robbed again. Holla!


-The Commish :

Such a shame that the awful decisions our favorite sport feeds to us just won't stop. What's amazing is, all three scores were so similar (two were the same) and so one-sided for Benevidez. It just won't stop! -Randy G.


-riverside :

Crawford is going up, your right we will get the shaft vs another top rank fighter don't know if there are any non haymon golden boy fighters out there at 140.


-oubobcat :

It did seem like the judges had their cards filled out beforehand. The margins of those cards in favor of Benavidez were outrageous. I had Herrera winning 115-113. I thought the rounds he won were clear and decisive. He deserved the win here. As an aside, would anyone give consideration for Herrera for fighter of the year despite the fact of the two controversial losses? Frankly, he went undefeated this year with what should have been wins over the top guy at 140 Danny Garcia and top prospect Jose Benavidez with a win over a solid contender in Johan Perez in between. I think Herrera at least needs to be in the conversation.


-Radam G :

It did seem like the judges had their cards filled out beforehand. The margins of those cards in favor of Benavidez were outrageous. I had Herrera winning 115-113. I thought the rounds he won were clear and decisive. He deserved the win here. As an aside, would anyone give consideration for Herrera for fighter of the year despite the fact of the two controversial losses? Frankly, he went undefeated this year with what should have been wins over the top guy at 140 Danny Garcia and top prospect Jose Benavidez with a win over a solid contender in Johan Perez in between. I think Herrera at least needs to be in the conversation.
It was a time, way, way back in da day, that the boxing writers gave out a "Sportsmanship Hard Luck Fighter Award" to the robbed pug of the year. Maybe they will bring this award back, and give it to M-He. Holla!


-Froggy :

It was a time, way, way back in da day, that the boxing writers gave out a "Sportsmanship Hard Luck Fighter Award" to the robbed pug of the year. Maybe they will bring this award back, and give it to M-He. Holla!
Great idea !