8/4/2017- Fantasy Springs- In a fight that turned out just the way the fans expected , Rugged, tough-luck guy Mauricio Herrera (23-7-7K) won a hard fought majority decision over tough as nails, ‘ol vet, Jesus Soto Karras (28-10-4D-18K).Herrera, called, ‘The Riverside Rocky’ had a few rocky moments tonight in this ten round main event as Soto pressed the action from the start. Herrera, however, showed his underrated boxing skills, especially on defense as he slipped and countered all night. His left jab was on point and he even shoulder rolled his way out of trouble often as the free swinging Karras tossed haymakers his way. There were no knockdowns as neither guy is a banger, but there was no lack of action. The knowledgeable fans predicted a war and that’s exactly what transpired.
I picked Karras to win, actually, because he does punch a little harder and Herrera has had issues with cuts in the past. The decision was booed by some fans, which was expected but I saw Mauricio pulling it off. A rematch wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. If these two fought five times, I think there would be little to choose from between them. Overall, a good win for Herrera and he still has a lot left. In the past he was a straight up brawler, but learned that there’s no shame in playing a little D at times.
In what was a disappointing affair, a young supposedly hot prospect from Florida, Niko (Baby Face) Valdez (5-0-5K) probably took one look at his opponent Jaime Solorio at the weigh in and figured this would be another early ko. Solorio looked like he’d just left the buffet table and seemed to be ‘just there’. At no time did the young Valdes look to be ready for any real tough competition though. He didn’t seem to have the power advertised and after the fourth round, the well fed Solario was chasing HIM around the ring as the crowd booed Valdez’s effort. There was no doubt about the decision but this ‘prospect’ has a lot to work on and he’s already 25 years of age. 25, and only five fights, I wasn’t the least bit impressed. I was at the Wild Card Gym today and saw a couple of guys that would’ve sent this guy back to Florida with his ass in a sling.
In a bout that SHOULD have been the semi, light heavies Todd Unthank May (10-0-10K), from Philly faced Vyacheslav Shabransky (18-1-15K). These two should fight for the Scrabbleboard title with THOSE names. This was a brutal fight between two guys that are not impressed with defense. May, was especially weak in that area as he was consistently blasted with whatever Shabransky decided to toss his way. May has an awkward style, leaning back and and not moving his head madding for target practice all fight long. He was cut over the right eye had his lip busted and was just a mess when the ref stopped it after seven rounds. Actually, this could’ve been stopped at LEAST a round earlier. May was a virtual punching back from round one. He landed a few of his own but it seems like Vyacheslav could’ve hit May with his eyes closed. Being from Philly, I’ve seen a ton of ‘Philly fighters, but none as defenseless as this guy. But to keep it real, Vyacheslav didn’t emerge looking too cute, either . He also had a cut over his right eye and was hit a lot, too, his defense was NOTHING to write home about.