It’s Do or Die as Mauricio Herrera Takes on Jesus Soto Karass on ESPN

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.

“This is life or death for me, because both Soto Karass and I potentially have our careers on the line in this make-or-break fight. In order to catapult myself back to title contention, I know the most important step will be preparing harder than ever to ensure the victory come fight night.”
— Mauricio Herrera

Soto Karass, on the other hand, will be looking for his first victory since defeating Andre Berto in August of 2013.

“Mark my words, on August 4th the fans will witness a comeback as they’ve never seen before in the ring. This could be one of my last chances to go all-out in the ring, and I want to be sure it happens in this fight. I know Herrera has accomplished a lot in his career, but this win means more to me and my legacy.”
— Jesus Soto Karass

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.

“I’m very excited to be back to the ring. I prepped for this. I trained hard and I feel good. I always try to do something new. I want to bring more power. Training camp, it’s the best. Everything’s so good. I feel like I’m ready. I don’t really know a lot about Todd Unthank-May. He’s a really dangerous opponent. It’s going to be a tough fight.”
— Vyacheslav Shabranskyy

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. 

“I feel very excited. The first time I fought in Fantasy Springs it was such a good fight, that I am looking forward to putting on another great performance with my second fight there. I feel very comfortable there, and I’m sure everyone will be able to see that come Fight night.”
— Marvin Cabrera

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)

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