We kept our win streak going following last week’s pick of WBC Light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara who retained his title over challenger Ganigan Lopez. (http://www.boxing360.com/boxing360s-pick-of-the-week-712015/) The fight did go the distance but Guevara won the fight clearly on the official judges’ scorecards. This week we have chosen the fight between Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7KOs) and Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12KOs). The main event bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant NABF super lightweight title at state. Site will be the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. HBO Latino will air the event.
Each guy enters the bout coming in off of a competitive decision loss. In the case of Herrera he lost his WBA interim super lightweight title to Jose Benavides. Lundy lost to Thomas Dulorme. Significant because Dulorme went on to fight for a world title in his next fight even though he lost. The point is that it could have been Lundy getting the world title fight had he beaten Dulorme.
Herrera gained a lot of attention following his controversial loss to Danny Garcia a few years back in Puerto Rico. A large majority of the viewing public felt he won the fight. A rematch never materialized. Forgotten by some is that Herrera was the first to defeat former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov. This was before Provodnikov became a world champion and wasn’t as known as he is now. Herrera is not a big puncher but has a tricky style that works for him. It can be a real nightmare for opponents on all levels of experience. He will have the hometown crowd on his side for sure being a Mexican fighter and that he lives not far away from the fight venue.
Lundy is a true Philadelphia fighter in a ever since of the word. He has a lot of heart and his boxing skills are very underrated. He has been on the brink of world title fights getting as high as number one in the world. He has no problem fighting on the road or who he has to fight. He has proven that. He can fight at conventional or southpaw and switches frequently in fights. He knows that this could be a huge opportunity for him to get back into the world title picture.
The matchup itself is a very even one. Herrera is a slight favorite. This could be likely to him fighting essentially in his backyard. One of Lundy’s weaknesses is his chin. Fortunately for him Herrera is a fair but not heavy handed puncher. Lundy none the less will have to keep his defense tight. Lundy will likely be more aggressive being that a late start in his last fight cost him badly as he was on the wrong end of a narrow points decision loss. Lundy’s athleticism is on par with that of Karim Mayfield who soundly defeated Herrera by decision. We think Lundy can have similar success and are picking him in the upset to defeat Herrera.
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