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Mauricio Herrera weathered an early onslaught and head butt-induced cuts to score a fifth-round technical decision over Hank Lundy at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
Lundy came out strong with hard, fluid combinations that stunned Herrera and had him on his heels. Despite cuts from accidental butts in the first and second round, Herrera rebounded via a consistent body assault that kept Lundy’s offense reduced to isolated power shots.
The cuts caused the bout to be halted after the fifth, and the judges preferred Herrera’s work for a majority decision (48-47 twice, 48-48).
“He stung me in the first round and I kind of lost focus,” said Mauricio Herrera. “I started finding my momentum as the rounds went on, but the issue with the cut really made the fight lose its rhythm. I can’t see how deep the cut is but I feel physically fine and could have kept going. I am in good condition and was landing good body shots and was wearing him down.”
Lundy disagreed, arguing the early stoppage robbed him of a knockout.
“You saw it,” said Hank Lundy. “He couldn’t handle my speed, my power or my skills so he was holding and doing a bunch of other dirty stuff. I know I won the fight. And, I was ready to take him out if it kept going.”
The win gave Herrera the vacant NABF super lightweight title.
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