Mauricio Herrera lauds ‘gutsy’ Mike Alvarado but disputes Robert Hoyle’s 99-91 scorecard

16 Apr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Junior welterweight campaigner Mauricio Herrera has credited the artillery possessed by April 14 opponent Mike Alvarado, who he lost a unanimous decision to at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. The dust-up, heralded as a fight of the year candidate, was a competitive contest edged by Alvarado, however, Robert Hoyle registered a 99-91 scorecard – awarding Herrera a solitary stanza – something Mauricio feels discredits his own display.

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Headhunter Alvarado was unable to put Herrera to sleep. Credit: Chris Farina/ Top Rank

“I gave the fans what they came to see,” said Herrera, who stood in front of Alvarado (33-0-0, 23ko) for heavy segments of the affair and willingly traded with the devastating puncher from Denver. “I stood toe to toe with the big guy and I lost a close fight.”

Defeated by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94, Herrera (18-2-0, 7ko) does not protest the outcome but argues against the one-sidedness of the first score. He stated: “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.”

Herrera and Alvarado was the clear fight of the night on a card that also featured exciting brawler Brandon Rios, however, the Oxnard-based former lightweight champion had an off night – perhaps drained by his inability to make weight the day before – and appeared second best to opponent Richard Abril. Regardless, Rios emerged triumphant with a debatable split decision.

Elsewhere around the globe, Juan Manuel Marquez out-boxed and out-hustled Serhiy Fedchenko, in Mexico. Marquez now gears toward a July 14 outing and it was initially believed he would fight Rios but because of the performances last weekend, Alvarado may have stolen pole position for a crack at Juan Manuel. If granted, Alvarado could give a good account of himself as, using Mauricio’s words: “he is a gutsy guy”.

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