Mauricio Herrera goes after Johan Perez' interim WBA World light welterweight belt
Jul 10 2014 10:39 PM
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Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KO's) is going after Johan Perez' (19-1, 13 KO's) interim WBA World light welterweight title on Saturday, July 12, 2014 as part of the Honor & Glory: Canelo vs. Lara event.

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oubobcat says:

I am reading a lot of people who are assuming Herrera will win. A lot of this is based off the Garcia fight which was a tremendous performance by Herrera.

But much like Herrera was overlooked in that fight, Johan Perez is being overlooked here. He can fight and has improved tremendously over the last year. He easily beat Kamegai last year and of course this was the same Kamegai that gave Robert Guerrero fits a few weeks ago.

I think we see a very close competitive fight. Herrera is a busier fighter than Perez but Perez will probably land the more telling shots. It could be a very difficult fight to score. I am going to say Herrera by split decision in a close compelling fight but would not be one bit surprised with a Perez win.

Skibbz says:

You can't compare Herrera to Kamegai. Let's be honest, Perez hasn't been in with someone in their prime like Mauricio. It won't be an easy fight, but the contest favours Herrera. Perez was getting MD's off guys closer to 40 than 30.. Herrera has been in there with the best in the division and beaten them.

M Herrera will win decisively, take the stepping stone and catapult himself to a major fight by banging on doors.

For your info I don't base or inform my opinion on Herrera's last fight. He's a very tricky fighter that not many guys can figure out, he has good skills to compliment his trickiness and a massive heart of a warrior. Perez doesn't have a chance he simply isn't bright enough.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;57814]You can't compare Herrera to Kamegai. Let's be honest, Perez hasn't been in with someone in their prime like Mauricio. It won't be an easy fight, but the contest favours Herrera. Perez was getting MD's off guys closer to 40 than 30.. Herrera has been in there with the best in the division and beaten them.

M Herrera will win decisively, take the stepping stone and catapult himself to a major fight by banging on doors.

For your info I don't base or inform my opinion on Herrera's last fight. He's a very tricky fighter that not many guys can figure out, he has good skills to compliment his trickiness and a massive heart of a warrior. Perez doesn't have a chance he simply isn't bright enough.[/QUOTE]

I am not comparing Herrera to Kamegai. I am saying the Perez did decisively beat Kamegai last year and the same Kamegai that gave Guerrero a tough fight.

Perez fought Steve Forbes a year and a half ago and looked bad. Perez was fortunate to get the decision. He tried to brawl and stayed in the pocket much too long. This gave the veteran Forbes ample opportunities to land against him.

But Perez learned from that fight. He did not brawl against Kamegai and instead boxed. And found out he was pretty good at doing so. He fought smart, used his jab to set up combinations and did not stand in the pocket too long. It was real improvement and he carried that over to his next fight as well.

Perez has skills, mark my words. He will give Herrera a tough fight. This will be a competitive and close fight. I am not knocking Herrera but saying Perez is a good fighter himself. I do think Herrera will prevail as I previously stated but its going to be close and I would not be one bit surprised if Perez took this one.