Herrera Dominant In Defense

Report & Photos By Roy And Marlene Marquez

 

A raucous, standing-room only crowd poured into Omega Products International in Corona, CA to support homegrown talent Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in defense of his WBC USNBC super lightweight championship against Jason “Young Gunz” Davis. The Herrera v. Davis main event headlined a five bout card presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Mauricio Herrera was simply too good for Jason Davis. From the opening bell Herrera worked the jab to perfection against his challenger. Up and down Herrera landed the jab, followed by a straight right that buzzed Davis. A Herrera three-punch combination punctuated a dominant first round. Herrera applied more of the same in the second and staggered Davis near the close of the round. Herrera continued to work behind the jab in the third and then opened up in a particularly brutal fourth. By the close of the fourth Herrera was chasing Davis around the ring in what could have been scored 10-8 despite the absence of a knockdown. At 57 seconds of the fifth Davis’ corner had seen enough and stopped the bout to protect their game young fighter.
 

Former title challenger Josesito Lopez took what amounted to a six round stay-busy fight and easily defeated journeyman Sergio De La Torre. Fought in the super lightweight division, Lopez punished Del La Torre (11-12-3) with left hooks to the body and right hands over the top. De La Torre hung tough but was unable to generate enough offense to ward off Lopez. Lopez (25-3) dominated the fight and the scorecards but was unable to take out a determined De La Torre. All three scorecards tallied 60-54 in favor of Josesito Lopez.

As a rolling stone gathers no moss, a herky-jerky “Crazy Russian” rarely gets hit. Undefeated super bantamweight Khabir Suleymanov (8-0) had his way with a seemingly dazed and confused Jonathan Arias (15-5). In the third Suleymanov snapped Arias’ head with a crisp upper cut yet the punch du-jour was the right hand. Suleymanov staggered Arias with telling right hands throughout the bout. At 1:49 of the fourth Arias’ corner decided it was time to save their fighter and threw in the towel. Referee Ray Corona stopped the fight and declared Suleymanov the winner by KO.
 

Super bantamweight Walter Sarnoi closed the show and shut the door on John Lopez to win his fourth fight in succession. Sarnoi (4-0) peppered Lopez with effective 1-2s to win rounds one and two. Lopez, making his professional debut, pressured Sarnoi in the third to capture the round. Sarnoi bounced back in the fourth firing lethal right hands to back off a tiring Lopez (0-1). The judges scored the fight identically; 39-37 for Sarnoi. Lopez showed he has heart and with continued work in the gym should rack up wins over his career.
 

Young Jonathan Arrellano continued his winning ways in defeating fellow super bantamweight Hugo Ramos by unanimous decision. Arrellano (3-0) used a snappy double jab and a stirring body attack to dominate the opening round. Ramos (2-2-1) pushed forward and stayed active in a competitive second. Arrellano’s hand speed carried him in the third and fourth rounds as he repeatedly beat the aggressive Ramos to the punch. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Arrellano. “I like to brawl but you can’t brawl all the time”, said Arrellano following the fight. “That’s what this guy wanted to do. You have to be smart and know when to box and when to brawl.” Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola was on-hand and liked what he saw from Arrellano. “I thought it was going to end in the first round.”



 

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