Junior welterweight fringe contender Mauricio Herrera outboxed and outslugged game but defensively flawed Ji-Hoon Kim to a onesided 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of a special Thursday edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Herrera (19-3, 7 knockouts), a 32-year-old Southern California-based veteran, won by scores of 99-91 (twice) and 98-92, which are not indicative of the two-way action of the entertaining scrap that took place in Corona, Calif. Kim (24-9, 18 KOs), 26-year-old Korean slugger based in Philadelphia, gave it his all — as he always does — but he was outjabbed and outmaneuvered by the better technician and got the worst of every exchange.
In the co-featured bout of the broadcast, Miguel Gonzalez (21-3, 15 KOs) outpointed former WBA lightweight beltholder Miguel Acosta (29-7-2, 23 KOs) over 10 rounds. Gonzalez, of Cleveland, Ohio, was dropped by the 35-year-old veteran in the second round of the brisk bout but the southpaw surged in the middle rounds and scored a knockdown of his own with a left cross in the fifth round.
Acosta, a savvy Venezuelan who has clearly faded in recent years, has now lost four of his last five bouts.