Herrera overcomes Soto Karass in rugged fight

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.


“Give me two months and I’ll be back. I felt like I started out strong, landing my jab, and was controlling the fight smartly. By the end of the fight, I was standing a bit more, and landing more of the obvious open shots. I will give him the later rounds, because I do feel that he came in strong, however, I feel like overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took a year. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
— Mauricio Herrera

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.

“I’m happy to have my belt back. I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera, and I’ve been working on moving my head and body a lot more. He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am ready to start taking on bigger fights again.”
— Vyacheslav Shabranskyy

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.

“At the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do to win and sometimes that won’t look very pretty or impress the crowd. His face looks a lot worse than mine, the only reason he looked like he was winning was because he was applying more pressure than me. I still won.”
— Niko 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

“I went up against a guy with a lot of experience, and the key to winning was fighting from a distance and using a lot of counter punches. I had never faced an opponent like him before, and I was able to see what areas I need to improve to take on even bigger challenges. Overall, I am satisfied with this win.”
— Marvin 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.

“This was my first, eight-rounder, so I feel accomplished in being able to not gas out and be able to perform throughout the rounds,” said Jonathan Navarro “I was careful with my distance, and I was a lot more thoughtful when I was throwing punches. Upping the rounds was definitely a career achievement, and I hope that I can go up to ten rounds soon.”
— 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).

“I’m in the middle of developing my own unique fighting style. This was my first fight on a Golden Boy card, and I hope that with this performance I get invited to fight on their card again. There was a point that I did feel I could have knocked him out – I got him with a body punch and he bent over in pain, but he held on.”
— Ricardo Sandoval

(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldana/Frontproof Media)

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