It’s Do or Die as Mauricio Herrera Takes on Jesus Soto Karass on ESPN
By Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña | Contributing Writer
Published: August 01, 2017
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (23-7, 7 KOs) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KOs) look to bring fireworks to Indio, California Friday night as they are set to battle in a 10-round welterweight crossroads fight on the August 4th edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
The 37 year old former interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion Herrera is known for his wars throughout his career and has notable victories over Hank Lundy, Johan Perez and Ruslan Provodnikov. Soto Karass is also no stranger to brutal battles in the ring including his classic fights with Yoshihiro Kamegai, Keith Thurman, and Andre Berto just to name a few. Now, Friday night, both fighters look to make one last run for contention and possibly a big fight in the welterweight division.
Soto Karass, on the other hand, will be looking for his first victory since defeating Andre Berto in August of 2013.
In the co-main event, heavy-hitter Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (18-1, 15 KO’s) of Los Angeles will be up against rising Philly contender Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-0-1, 4 KO’s) for the vacant WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Title. Shabranskyy will look to take back the light heavyweight title he lost to Sullivan Barrera this past December.
In the television swing bout, undefeated Niko "Baby Face" Valdez (5-0, 5 KO’s) will look to keep his unbeaten and knockout streak alive when he faces Jaime "Zarco" Solorio (7-3-2, 5 KO’s) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super middleweight bout.
In a six-round super welterweight bout, Los Angeles' Marvin Cabrera (4-0, 4 KO’s) will take step up in competition when he battles Esau Herrera (19-8-1, 10 KOs) of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera is coming off a huge knockout victory over Quantavious Green at the prestigious 8th Annual "Big Fighters, Big Cause" charity boxing event hosted by the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard this past May.
Also on the card is East Los Angeles’ Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (10-0, 6 KO’s) as he enters the ring for the fourth time this year and looks to continue to impress boxing fans when he goes up against Angel “El Pescasdo” Sarinana (7-6-2, 3 KO’s) of Durango, Mexico.
Other Bouts include
(Bantamweights) Cesar Diaz (5-0, 4 KO’s) vs Daniel Quevedo (13-17-4, 8 KO’s)
(Super Flyweights) Ricardo Sandoval (7-1, 7 KO’s) vs Antonio Rodriguez (11-17-1, 5 KO’s)
(Feature photo: Kyle Monroe)