Herrera overcomes Soto Karass in rugged fight
By Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña | Contributing Writer
Published: August 04, 2017
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - Tonight in front of an electric crowd in the California desert, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (24-7, 7 KO’s) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KO’s) brought fireworks as they battled in a 10-round welterweight crossroads fight in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Both Herrera and Soto Karass held nothing back as they stood in the middle of the ring trading heavy shots. Soto Karass did seem to slightly outbox the rugged Herrera in this brutal battle of two Mexican Warriors. Neither fighter ever took a step backwards as Golden Boy Boxing definitely had a potential fight of the year on their hands. After ten rounds of great toe-to-toe action, the judges scored the fight 96-94 (twice) and 95-95 giving Herrera the majority decision, much to the dismay of the wild crowd at the Fantasy Springs Casino.
In the co-main event, heavy-hitter Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (18-1, 15 KO’s) of Los Angeles, took on rising Philly contender Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-0-1, 4 KO’s) for the vacant WBC USNBC light heavyweight Title. Shabranskyy wasted no time as he came out landing devastating overhand rights, stunning May several times in the first round. Shabranskyy continued his onslaught of punishment in the second landing a hard right cross at the end of the round opening up a gash over the right eye of May. In the third, May began landing hard shots of his own and no problem exchanging with Shabranskyy, but throughout the early round, stayed one step behind his opponent. In the middle rounds, Shabranskyy began popping his jab and used solid combinations as he continued to punish May. At the end of the seventh at the advice of the ringside physician, the corner of May waived of the fight giving Shabranskyy the victory and making him the new WBC USNBC light heavyweight Champion.
In the television swing bout, Niko "Baby Face" Valdes (6-0, 5 KO’s) remained unbeaten as he defeated Jaime "Zarco" Solorio (7-4-2, 5 KO’s) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super middleweight bout. Valdes, who looked sluggish, did land the harder, more effective punches throughout the bout. The aggressive Solorio tried to cut off the ring while attacking Valdes, but it was Valdes who used his counter punching ability to win nearly every round. After six rounds of boxing, the judges scored the fight 60-54 and 59-55 (twice), all in favor of Valdes.
To kick things off in a six-round super welterweight bout, Los Angeles' Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KO’s) took a step up in competition against Esau Herrera (19-9-1, 10 KOs) of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera looked focused and used a solid jab and his reach to win the early rounds. Herrera never could adjust as Cabrera controlled the distance and pace of the fight as he landed at will on his outclassed opponent. After six rounds of one sided action, the judges scored the fight 60-54 and 59-52 (twice) all in favor of Cabrera
Also on the event card was East Los Angeles’ Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (10-0, 6 KO’s), who entered the ring for the fourth time this year and impressed boxing fans, as he went up against Angel “El Pescasdo” Sarinana (7-6-2, 3 KO’s) of Durango, Mexico. Navarro looked solid against a tough Sarinana as he boxed from the outside and countered his aggressive opponent in the early rounds. In the fourth, Sarinana began to cut off the ring landing big shots on Navarro. The game Navarro stayed in the pocket and landed heavy shots of his own as both fighters fired off bombs at will. In the sixth, Navarro caught Sarinana with a vicious uppercut hurting him and keeping Sarinana on the defensive for the final two rounds. After eight rounds of solid boxing, the judges scored the fight 79-72 and 80-71 (twice) all in favor of the still unbeaten Jonathan Navarro.
Also on the card:
(Super Flyweights) Ricardo Sandoval (7-1, 7 KO’s) vs Antonio Rodriguez (11-17-1, 5 KO’s)Result: Sandoval wins by unanimous decision Sandoval moves to (8-1, 7 KO’s).
(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldana/Frontproof Media)