Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera to Face Frankie Gomez on Las Vegas Card

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By David A. Avila

Riverside’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera has agreed to face East L.A.’s Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez as the co-feature event on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

After weeks of delay Golden Boy Promotions found a suitable foe on Monday for Herrera in the fight card that features Saul Alvarez defending the WBC middleweight title against Amir Khan at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7.

“I feel excited being he’s undefeated,” said Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) whose last fight was technical decision win over Hank Lundy in the Sports Arena in Los Angeles last June 2015. “It will be an honor to take that zero away from him.”

Many consider Herrera the uncrowned junior welterweight world champion after his dominating performance over Danny “Swift” Garcia two years ago in Puerto Rico. Fans around the world and the HBO commentators all felt Herrera should have been declared the winner and the world champion in March 2014.

Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) caught the eye of the boxing world when as an amateur he won the world championships held in Russia back in 2009. A bidding war commenced and the East L.A. prodigy was eventually signed by Golden Boy Promotions in 2010. So far, he’s been undefeated but has suffered problems with making weight.

Herrera was willing to make weight concessions to guarantee the match up.

“I wanted the fight at 147,” said Herrera, 35, who normally fights at 140. “They were the ones who wanted it a little under so maybe they are confident.”

For weeks Golden Boy Promotions sought a suitable foe for Herrera. Those names mentioned included Ruslan Provodnikov, Pablo Cano and Lucas Matthysse. But negotiations were unsuccessful until Monday.

 

 

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-Radam G :

"El Maestro" is going to teach like always. But will he get honesty? I don't know. FG is the house fighter. That is why he did not care about rolling in lighter. I think his management and GBP are going to use a problem-with-weight excuse. Unless M-He ages overnight, I cannot see how he will not give FG a boxing lesson and an arse thrashing to the 19 degree. Holla!


-Gabrielito :

Same here Radam. Maestro gonna conduct a masterpiece upside the "new " Golden Boy's head.


-Kid Blast :

It is Herrera's destiny to lose when he wins.


-deepwater2 :

It is Herrera's destiny to lose when he wins.
Poor guy. He is the uncrowned champ. Danny Garcia got run out of Puerto Rico because of Herrera. In fact Danny Garcia is not allowed to try abd speak Spanish anymore due to Herrera. Herrera should get the key to the city of Philadelphia


-Kid Blast :

He has been screwed more times than Candy Barr. The Benavidez robbery was insane.


-riverside :

He has been screwed more times than Candy Barr. The Benavidez robbery was insane.
Benavidez Sr was man enough to concede defeat to Team Herrera after the fight, something he had to deny he said under pressure eventually. The fight vs Frankie Gomez will be good, young undefeated wells school boxer VS EL Maestro. MH does well with conventional fighters, he will hit him early, set the pace. Throw him off his conventional rhythm, take him deep and break him apart.


-Kid Blast :

Herrera will lose


-Radam G :

Benavidez Sr was man enough to concede defeat to Team Herrera after the fight, something he had to deny he said under pressure eventually. The fight vs Frankie Gomez will be good, young undefeated wells school boxer VS EL Maestro. MH does well with conventional fighters, he will hit him early, set the pace. Throw him off his conventional rhythm, take him deep and break him apart.
I see what you see. M-He is going to school this dude and bust him up. I'm just worry that the three blind mice -- I mean judges -- won't get it right. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Herrera will lose


-amayseng :

Herrera should be nicknamed "The volunteer Professor" as he hands out boxing lessons and does not get rewarded for them. Herrera is the 140lb reigning champion in my book. Can't wait to see yet another lesson dished out, do not care what the shady judges have to say about it.


-Kid Blast :

"shady judges" = redundant


-Radam G :

BTW, Frankie G is a punching bag -- I mean a sparring partner -- in Camp Da Manny. Holla!


-stormcentre :

I would like RS to chime in and give us his take on Gomez. Please.
Storm. :) :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Gomez, from East LA, is very inactive but that's because he spars a lot. He may be catching Herrera at just the right time. Any guy named "Pit Bull," you gotta be careful of.


-riverside :

I would like RS to chime in and give us his take on Gomez. Please.
Storm. :) :) :)
Storm, trained by Roach,Gomez is very good orthodox/conventional boxer, excellent amateur background. As a pro 20-0. 13 ko against limited competition. average power. Gomez came into picture after the initial opponnet back off ( mathysee). remember MH has never been hurt or knockdown vs Ruslan/danny/ Benavidez or johan perez big punchers, it's unlike Gomez will hurt him.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I could be wrong, but if Gomez comes in shape he should win due to his volume and hand speed advantage.


-Kid Blast :

Gomez was in with Vernon Paris when Vernon was still pretty good. So was Silva.


-Kid Blast :

But upon reflection, I am now going with Herrera based on Pit Bull's inactivity.