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JuanMa Stopped in Rd 3; Mauricio Herrera Beats Johan Perez on Canelo Card

BY Michael Woods ON July 13, 2014
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Mauricio Herrera and Johan Perez engaged in a spirited brawl to open the Canelo-Lara PPV event, on Saturday night, July 12. This bout was fought in Volume City, with both men being busy throughout. Herrera went 227-715 to 170-689 for Perez, and the stats told the story. Two of three judges nodded to Herrera, a MD10 winner by scores of 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.

Herrera (21-4) and his foe were both busy beavers, and were throwing with as much nasty intent early as late. Herrera, a slick hitter who many thought beat Danny Garcia in his last outing, snapped to the body in round nine, and it looked like his seasoning would pay dividends late. In the 10th, we saw that Steve Farhood had Herrera up 88-83. Perez went late lefty, and it worked, to an extent. But El Maestro had his man backed in a corner to close. In the 12th, the trend continued, and nobody went down. Herrera advanced, and had the loser, now 19-4, backing up. The went rock em sock to the final bell; damned solid scrap from two hungry pros.

Juan Manuel Lopez met Francisco Vargas in the second PPV scrap. The Puerto Rican JuanMa, now an old 31, was 130 Friday, 142 on fight night. Vargas, 29, was 129 and 143 1/2 in the dressing room pre-fight. This one could be last call for JuanMa, who simply isn't able to shake off stiff blows. In the third, too much trading resulted in bad new for JuanMa. He went down, went to his corner, and then the plug was pulled. Vargas earned a TKO3 victory, upon advice of the corner.

The Mexican Vargas was 19-0-1 (13 KOs) had the NABF super feather crown with him. JuanMa (34-3 with 31 KOs) had held junior feather and featherweight titles.

In the first, the lefty JuanMa moved more than he often does. In the second, the right hook got closer by JM. But he ate a nasty left hook. This came when he was caught back to the ropes. In the third, Vargas was in advancing mode. His straight shots got JuanMa cooking, and now he was trading. Bad idea..he was down at the end of the round, with 23 seconds left. A right sent the buzzed man to the mat. His corner didn't let JuanMa go out for the next round.

Postfight, Vargas told Jim Gray that he is ready for anybody at 130. He said he knew the fight wouldn't last much longer when he sent JuanMa to the mat. Next? The manager and promoter will decide, and he will be ready, he said. JuanMa told Gray that he didn't agree with the corners' decision, he wanted to keep fighting. Is this the end? He isn't sure, he said. He will talk with family and management, and then decide.

Tomoki Kameda scored a TKO7 win over…and this will be in our next spelling bee, friends…Pungluang Sor Singyu at the MGM in Las Vegas on Saturday night. A left to the body spelled ultimate doom for the challenger. Kam is now 30-0 and holds on to the WBO bantam crown. The loser dropped to 46-3, and here's hoping his liver doesn't stay bruised more than a week.

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oubobcat says:

Perez came to fight and did well in spots as I suspected he would. But Herrera got the best of him on this night, no doubt.

Herrera did surprise me in that he fought more aggressively than he has in some other fights. I am sure this was do to him being on the wrong end of decisions and wanting to go more for the knockout here despite the fact he is not a huge puncher. He did hurt Perez a few times and at one point even had Perez in some trouble.

It was a good fight and a good opening fight to a PPV telecast. These guys fought hard and put on an entertaining fight. We will hear from both again in the future in significant fights.

riverside says:

we wanted to get an early lead,set the tempo , Perez is a tough guy. Good fight though

flackoguapo says:

we wanted to get an early lead,set the tempo , Perez is a tough guy. Good fight though


I did notice Herrera being very aggressive with the jab and right hand behind it very early in the bout. Perez was tough and seemed to know how to hide when he was hurt. Good fight. One thing that stands out about Herrera to me is that dude has wind for days! very impressive cardio!

oubobcat says:

I think Herrera can compete and give tough fights to anyone at 140.

On the telecast, an Adrien Broner fight was mentioned. First, I don't think Broner's people would put him in with Herrera. But if they did, you know what I would lean towards Herrera. Why? Broner has a lot of dead spots. I can see Herrera working that jab and working punches during those dead spots. Basically, Herrera would out hustle Broner.

Some may say that if Herrera opens up then that will give Broner, a counterpuncher, more opportunities. Herrera though will throw combinations from the right angles and be in position to often be able to slide away from counters without being hit clean. Herrera is very good defensively at not being hit clean.

I would love to see a matchup between Broner and Herrera. Unfortunately I am skeptical that it will happen.

riverside says:

Golden Boy Gomez has talked about Herrera vs. Broner for the vacant strap if Danny Garcia decides to move up. But now looks like Broner is fighting in September so that would make it to close for us to fight Broner for Mauricio's belt. We feel confident that we can dominate him. MA-H can take his punch well. Hopefully the fight pans out for early next year.

amayseng says:

we wanted to get an early lead,set the tempo , Perez is a tough guy. Good fight though


Well done and congrats!

riverside says:

Thanks amay

deepwater2 says:

That was a great job by MH. My favorite fight of the night. MH had one nice right hand all night long. Perez was no joke and MH closed the show.

Skibbz says:

Congrats riverside chuffed for you. I hope Gomez makes something happen, Mauricio can become a real fan favourite. He's a likeable guy and he's got a big heart. He's slick too and a pleasure to watch. I'm with D2, was my favourite fight of the night. Congratulations again.

riverside says:

Congrats riverside chuffed for you. I hope Gomez makes something happen, Mauricio can become a real fan favourite. He's a likeable guy and he's got a big heart. He's slick too and a pleasure to watch. I'm with D2, was my favourite fight of the night. Congratulations again.

Thanks Skibbz and Deep, You Know Oscar nearly cancel the Johan vs Herrera fight days before the fight. Somehow MH came down with some illness/Fever, few people knew before the fight. Mauricio refused to let Oscar cancel him out,he might not get another chance at the big show again he told Oscar? Just Like GGG vs Rosado, GGG claimed to have fallen ill days before the fight. same thing happen here,I think a combination of slightly over-training, dehydrating to make the make the weight kicked the virus in. No excuses From MH, but i think he was fighting 80/90 percent of capacity. just an inside info.

Skibbz says:

Thanks Skibbz and Deep, You Know Oscar nearly cancel the Johan vs Herrera fight days before the fight. Somehow MH came down with some illness/Fever, few people knew before the fight. Mauricio refused to let Oscar cancel him out,he might not get another chance at the big show again he told Oscar? Just Like GGG vs Rosado, GGG claimed to have fallen ill days before the fight. same thing happen here,I think a combination of slightly over-training, dehydrating to make the make the weight kicked the virus in. No excuses From MH, but i think he was fighting 80/90 percent of capacity. just an inside info.


More proof that the he's a fighter if anyone needed it. Makes the victory sweeter, hope he's well soon. I'm gonna watch the fight again when I get a chance, it was a good evenings work my Mauricio.

Let's hope that Broner fight comes through or something similar. He can do it.

Skibbz says:

Thanks Skibbz and Deep, You Know Oscar nearly cancel the Johan vs Herrera fight days before the fight. Somehow MH came down with some illness/Fever, few people knew before the fight. Mauricio refused to let Oscar cancel him out,he might not get another chance at the big show again he told Oscar? Just Like GGG vs Rosado, GGG claimed to have fallen ill days before the fight. same thing happen here,I think a combination of slightly over-training, dehydrating to make the make the weight kicked the virus in. No excuses From MH, but i think he was fighting 80/90 percent of capacity. just an inside info.


More proof that the he's a fighter if anyone needed it. Makes the victory sweeter, hope he's well soon. I'm gonna watch the fight again when I get a chance, it was a good evenings work my Mauricio.

Let's hope that Broner fight comes through or something similar. He can do it.

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