The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was electrified on July 11 as Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing presented an exciting evening of boxing in front of a crowd of 4672 fight fans.
The main event of the evening was an West Coast vs. East Coast battle between Southern California’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) and title contender “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-5-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Championship. While Lundy came out strong in the first round initially overwhelming Herrera with a flurry of combos and intense speed, Herrera rebounded to showcase his precision and power through well-placed blows that ultimately quieted Lundy’s attacks. Struggling with an eye injury delivered through head butts in both the first and second round, Herrera’s assault was cut short as the officials called an early stoppage in the fifth round. In the end, Herrera was declared the winner by majority decision.
In the co-main event of the night, Newark, New Jersey’s Michael “The Artist” Perez (23-1-2, 11 KOs) faced Luis Sanchez (17-4-1 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round vacant NABO lightweight title fight. The bout started out as a chess match, both fighters sizing each other up and testing each other’s strength and endurance.The fight became exciting however when Perez landed a stiff shot to the body in the sixth round which brought Sanchez to his knees and stumbling towards the ropes. Perez earned the win by knockout.
In the first televised bout of the night, South El Monte, California’s Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) faced Rene Alvarado (22-5, 15 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua in scheduled a 10-round featherweight bout. While Alvarado delivered a steady stream of punches and dominated Diaz’s space throughout the bout, Diaz delivered sharp decisive blows with accuracy that ultimately gave him the advantage over Alvarado. A fatigued Diaz fought hard to stay in the fight in round ten as Alvarado knocked him to the ground but undeterred, Diaz bounced back to end strong and win the bout in a unanimous decision.