Undefeated junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado used relentless pressure, his vaunted physical strength and power punching to earn a hard-fought 10-round unanimous over gallant and crafty Mauricio Herrera on the Brandon Rios-Richard Abril undercard at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Alvarado (33-0, 23 knockouts), of Denver, Colorado, generally got the better of Herrera whenever the two exchanged punches in close — which was often to the delight of the fans — won by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94, but the victory did not come easy.
Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., landed a pesky jab and swatting hooks as he gave ground to his much larger opponent, and he let loose with rapid-fire flurries whenever Alvarado pressed him to the ropes, which was often. Herrera landed enough to cause some bruising and swelling to the face of Alvarado, but the undefeated fighter landed his heavy jab, hooks, crosses and combinations, which caused more severe damage.
Both of Herrera’s eyes were bruised and swollen going into the late rounds, but the 31-year-old veteran remained game even when hisleft eye was completely shut in the final minutes of the fight. To his credit, Herrera worked hard even when it was clear that he couldn’t hurt Alvarado, who was just too big and too strong for the junior welterweight spoiler.
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