Orange, CA – This past Saturday Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) and Mike Alvarado engaged in a back and forth battle that qualified as a legitimate Fight of the Year contender. As soon as the bell sounded in the first round both warriors began exchanging and  didn’t stop until the final bell.

The persistent Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) won by unanimous decision with scores of 99-91, 97-93, 96-94. The consistently active Herrera withstood Alvarado’s power shots and responded with combinations. In the end, Herrera’s valiant attempt could not ward off Alvarado, however, his determined, heartful performance receive a  standing ovation from the fight fans in attendance and a nod from the HBO.

Mauricio Herrera stated, “I gave the fans what they came to see. I stood toe to toe with the big guy and I lost a close fight. The 9-1 score discredits my performance. There is no way in hell I only got one round. I am not disappointed because the crowd lifted me up during and after the fight. I told everyone I was going for broke and I did my best. Congrats to Alvarado, he is a gutsy guy.”

Added, Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker of Thompson Boxing Promotions, “Mauricio and Mike put on a great show, it really was the main event of the evening. Alvarado was the better man tonight but I believe that it was closer than the 99-91 score card by one of the judges. Mauricio is a true warrior and we are proud of him!” 

Herrera will now take a well deserved rest and go back to the gym this summer.

Herrera lands a left on the face of Alvarado
Herrera and Alvarado battle it out
The active Herrera lands a left on Alvarado’s jaw
Herrera lands a right to Alvarado’s head
Alvarado land a left on Herrera
Herrera lands a right to the face of Alvarado
Alvarado and Herrera toe to toe
Herrera responds to Alvarado with a hard left

Photo credit:  Marlene Marquez/Thompson Boxing Promotions