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Burgos KOs Herrera

Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

WBC #1 featherweight contender in the world, Juan Carlos Burgos moved one step closer to the championship by dismantling veteran Yogli Herrera, stopping him impressively at 1:16 in the 6th round by a solid TKO. Burgos, from Tijuana, Mexico, showcased an arsenal of weapons in this fight against his over-matched Colombian challenger, including digging hooks to the body that were right from the Julio Cesar Chavez textbook of punches. Herrera, despite coming into the fight riding a six fight losing streak, still proved to be a gutsy challenger who was perhaps too willing to trade with Burgos, the defending WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) champion. However, it is worth noting that of Herrera’s 22 victories, the wins have come against opponents with a combined record, incredibly, of 9 – 151. The term “tomato can” would be a compliment for the quality of fighters that Herrera has actually managed to defeat, although in losing efforts he has faced much better opposition.

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Meanwhile, Burgos, despite being a mere 21-years-old, showed a maturity well beyond his years and is only the second fighter to stop Herrera. Making Burgos even more of a challenge is that he is an unusually tall featherweight at 5’9″ yet still packs plenty of punch as evidenced by his 16 knockouts in his 23 fights to date.

Burgos has fought better opposition in past fights than Herrera but on the verge of a title shot the victory over Herrera should still serve him well when he finally enters the ring to challenge for the world championship, probably against current WBC Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas, a Dominican pugilist fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, who has not yet defended his title.

In victory, Burgos moves to an excellent (23-0, 16 KOs) and drops Herrera to (22-12, 15 KOs).

In the semi-main event action, two talented junior welterweights, Mauricio Herrera and Cleotis Pendarvis met in an 8-round contest.

Herrera, hailing from nearby Riverside, put his undefeated record on the line against the once beaten “Mookie” Pendarvis and enjoyed the hometown support from the very vocal crowd.

This fight was a case of the bull, played by Herrera, and the matador, played by Pendarvis, with Herrera pressing the action and Pendarvis mostly content to use his footwork and hand-speed to counter the forward moving Herrera.

Neither fighter was hurt in the fight but Herrera, benefited from pressing the action, and was rewarded by the judges with a majority decision victory by scores of 79-73, 76-76 and 77-75. With the victory, the 29 year old Herrera, improves to (13-0, 6KO’s) while the 23-year-old Pendarvis drops to (10-2-1).

In a 4 round bantamweight contest, Jonathon Arrellano kept his perfect record intact with a workmanlike effort over the more experienced Adrian Aleman. In victory, Arrellano improves to (4-0, 1 KO) while Aleman drops to (6-6-4).

In the most dramatic fight of the evening, yet another Herrera, the third of the night, although none seemingly related, emerged victorious when it was this time Alberto Herrera winning a 4th round TKO victory over Malik Bazille in a four round Super Welterweight contest. The 6’1″ Bazille did his best to use his height advantage as he threw stinging jab after stinging jab, but it was the aggression of Herrera that finally paid dividends. Nearing the end of the fight, Herrera not only floored Bazille, but knocked him down awkwardly enough that Bazille slipped out of the ring with one leg and seemingly badly injured his leg, bad enough that he could not continue and that the paramedics had to carry him from the ring on a stretcher, delaying the evening a half hour while another set of paramedics arrived for the remaining fights. With the victory, Herrera improves to (5-0, 4 KOs) while Bazille drops to (0-2), although appeared to be better than an (0-2) fighter.

In the most impressive display of the evening, William Mitch Williams, needed just 98 seconds to finish off Gabriel Silva, and did so by way of three knockdowns, the final knockout punch from, of all punches, a single jab. In what was the sole heavyweight fight of the evening, it was a very impressive straight 1-2 down the middle from Williams that first floored Silva and Williams never let up from there. With the impressive victory, the undersized yet chiseled 213 pound Williams moves to (3-2, 3 KOs) while Silva drops to (1-1).

In opening action, a 4 round lightweight contest, it was a back and forth affair, as debuting Manuel Declid challenged Oscar Chinchilla. There were no knockdowns in the contest but the judges favored the more aggressive Delcid, the sole fighter in the red corner—usually received for the “opponent”—to emerge victorious. Delcid emerged by way of Split Decision victory by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 37-39, and moves to (1-0), while Chinchilla drops to an even (1-1).

The promoter for the event was Thompson Boxing Promotions and the venue was the Ontario Doubletree Hotel before a near capacity crowd.

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