Mauricio Herrera Outslugs Jesus Soto Karass in ESPN Main Event

By Mike Sloan Aug 5, 2017
Golden Boy Promotions continues to deliver solid boxing events on ESPN and Friday night was no different. In an old school slugfest between two Mexican warriors, Mauricio Herrera edged Jesus Soto Karass over 10 rounds in an exciting welterweight showdown.

Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) boxed nicely early on in the contest, but that reserved gameplan only lasted a few rounds as Soto Karass eventually turned it into a brawl. Herrera obliged and brought the crowd inside Fantasy Springs Casino to its feet several times, but he didn’t stand and trade with his foe for prolonged periods of time. Rather, he’d engage, get out and then circle away from Soto Karass.

Even with Soto Karass charging hard throughout, Herrera was able to largely keep him at bay. However, by being down on the cards, Soto Karras (28-12-4, 18 KOs) went for broke, let his hands fly with near reckless abandon and opened a gash over Herrera’s eye in the ninth. But even with his spirited effort down the stretch, Herrera’s boxing was the key and he was awarded a majority decision from the judges. Two judges saw it 96-94 while the third had it even at 95-95.

In the ESPN-televised co-feature, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) tore into light heavyweight opponent Todd Unthank-May (10-1-1, 4 KOs) and stopped him at the end of the seventh. Unthank-May gave Shabranskyy problems early with his hand speed, but his lack of power was his gross disadvantage. Unthank-May landed several clean, hard punches but Shabranskyy walked through them all and continued to pound away at his foe’s head and body. As the fight wore on, Shabranskyy hurt Unthank-May several times and when the seventh concluded. Unthank-May’s corner wisely halted the bout.

In other action, super middleweight prospect Niko Valdes (6-0, 5 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Jaime Solorio (7-3-2). Scores were 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.

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