Two of the more experienced fighters in the light welterweight division will meet up in a must-win fight Saturday night in Los Angles, when Hank Lundy faces Mauricio Herrera. The fight will be broadcast on HBO Latino.
Lundy comes in with a record of 25-4-1, with 12 KOs. His most recent fight was a loss to Thomas Dulorme last December by split decision. Lundy came back strong from a Round 1 knockdown in that fight and gave Dulorme hell on the inside in the later rounds. Lundy lost back-to-back fights to Raymundo Beltran and Viktor Postol in July 2012 and March 2013. The first loss of his career came in 2010 against John Molina, when he got knocked out in a fight he was winning by wide margins.
Herrera has had more tough luck with the judges than probably any other current fighter. A lot of fans felt he deserved to take the lineal 140-pound title away from Danny Garcia, when he lost to the champ by majority decision in March 2014. Herrera was flat-out robbed against Jose Benavidez last December, his most recent fight.
Herrera is a crafty and experienced veteran. He uses a smart jab and controls timing and distance to out-box more athletic and aggressive opponents. His biggest win was a very close decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in 2011.
In terms of resume, I’d definitely rate Herrera ahead of Lundy at 140 pounds. The WBA has him at No. 6 at light welterweight and the WBO at 3. The Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, which is probably the overall most accurate rating group out there, has Herrera at No. 4. Lundy is ranked only by the WBC, which has him at 10.
But as a head-to-head matchup, Lundy could make for a tough out for Herrera. I watched Herrera fight in person when he was completely out-worked by Karim Mayfield in 2012, losing eight of 10 rounds by my own reckoning. Like Mayfield, Lundy does a good job of using movement to get inside for a quick, multi-punch combination, before retreating quickly and re-setting for another attack.
There’s been a lot of movement in the 140-pound division this year, with some of the better fighters at that weight moving up. The winner of this fight will be in good position to earn some sort of title shot. But the loser will be at risk of slipping behind younger, rising fighters