Herrera Robbed Again

By Robert Ecksel on December 13, 2014
Herrera Robbed Again
Without pulling a Teddy Atlas, one can’t help but ask what fight the judges were watching.

Mauricio Herrera was robbed a second time in as many fights as young gun Jesse Benavidez was gifted a decision…

Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 34-year-old WBA interim junior welterweight champion Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs), from Riverside, California, was robbed a second time in as many fights as 22-year-old Jose Benavidez (22-0, 15 KOs), the young gun from Phoenix, Arizona, was gifted a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-111.

Fighting out of the red corner in blue trunks with red trim, the hard-luck Herrera outlanded Benavidez 285 to 250. He landed 118 jabs to Benavidez’s 94 jabs. He also landed 167 power shots to Benavidez’s 156.

But Benavidez, fighting out of the blue corner in red trunks trimmed in gold, is the money fighter. He’s the hot prospect, not Herrera, and his ostensibly starry future, no less than the promotional heft of Top Rank, was enough to insure that Herrera would be jobbed.

Without pulling a Teddy Atlas and railing against another injustice we’ve been programmed to ignore, one can’t help but ask what fight the judges were watching.

With the crowd chanting “Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit” after the decision was announced, Benavidez in his post-fight interview said, “Herrera was very aggressive but I caught him with everything when he came in. I knew I won this fight.”

I believe that counts as a majority of one (or four if you include the judges).

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  1. Darrell 12:19am, 12/17/2014

    Doesn’t matter how many times I watch it…...Garcia still wins it, on the cards and in my eyes…..and wins it comfortably, if unimpressively.  I have no idea when he fights next but perhaps that Pilipino midget could step up & fight a puncher for once.

  2. Koolz 03:39pm, 12/16/2014

    Darrell I think you could go allthebestfights . com and watch that Garcia vs Herrera fight again. 
    Didn’t look like Garcia won it to me.
    or to the crowd, or to a lot of people.
    When is Garcia fighting again?  Who is he fighting.
    Looks like Herrera might be getting a rematch with Benavidez.

  3. Darrell 10:45pm, 12/15/2014

    Fuck it Koolz, Garcia won that fight without raising a sweat…...Herrera got pounded in round 8, should’ve been a 10-8 round.  Herrera makes a living out of being awkward but he ain’t top drawer & he lost to a lacklustre Garcia clearly.  I know everyone would love to see Garcia get taken down but it’s just fucken myth-making that Herrera got jobbed in that fight.

  4. nicolas 12:29pm, 12/15/2014

    I thought that the fight might go to a split decision, but it was amazing that Herrera on the cards lost that badly. I think judges instead of just giving someone a 10-9 round, must justify it by writing a little sentence or two after the round why they thought one fighter won that round. This I think would be helpful when there are controversial decisions. Nevada State Athletic Commision and others must bring some transparency to there sport. Boxing journalists must also be more aggressive in pursuing what are called unjust decisions, not that the judges sometimes might be right, and the commentators wrong. This must be done, not only for the fans, but the boxers themselves, who put there blood sweat and tears into the sport. How must it affect a fighter when he loses a fight he thinks he clearly won. Hopefullly in Herrera’s case HBO could be generous to him by making sure he gets a good payday in future fights. While many may call for the firing of these judges, I would not unless it can be proven that there decision was underhanded. I myself would point out, had I been one of the judges on the Williams-Lara fight, where the judges were suspended, I to would have been suspended since I had it 6 rounds a piece. there were rounds that I felt Lara did not do anything and Williams did all the work,though overall Lara was better. Note also the punches landed in that fight were pretty equal.

  5. Koolz 08:18am, 12/15/2014

    Darrell go watch that Garcia fight again man he lost that bad!
    Even his silly Dad realized Garcia was losing did lose that fight.
    Or in Angel speak What the F##ck is wrong with you”

    As for Herrera I am pretty sure he will get a rematch.  I heard the Dad of Benavidez saying they didn’t win the fight.

  6. Pete The Sneak 07:35am, 12/14/2014

    Everyone watching live and on TV knew it was coming…Still, it’s kinda like when you know someone who has a terminal illness and know the end is near. Once the inevitable occurs, it still hurts…Peace.

  7. Darrell 01:26am, 12/14/2014

    Sure Herrera won this fight but stop pushing the rubbish that he was robbed against Garcia.  Garcia won that fight going away while only operating in second gear.

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:54pm, 12/13/2014

    Took in the ShoBox Extreme Set ups…..the Charlo’s don’t need set ups thank you….for Christ’s sake the guy came all the way from Italy wearing sneakers and a borrowed t-shirt…..no….wait…. I just placed the guy…..he’s a regular panhandler downtown at the Fremont Street Experience…..probably left his backpack and cardboard sign in the dressing room….I’m betting they let him use the shower and comped him at the buffet….I thought for a minute there he might have jet lag….I guess not.

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