LOS ANGELES (May 28) – Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing will present a summer showdown between West Coast vs. East Coast on Saturday, July 11 as Southern California’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) battles titlist “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia for the NABF Super Lightweight Championship. The 10-round super lightweight bout from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles will be televised on HBO Latino beginning at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT).
In the co-main event and opening up the HBO Latino Boxing telecast is an exciting 10-round lightweight match-up between Michael “The Artist” Perez (22-1-2, 10 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey and Las Vegas transplant Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs).
“I am glad to be fighting in Southern California,” said Mauricio Herrera. “I feel it will make me stronger having all the support from my hometown, my family and my promoter. This fight will prove that I am a real threat in the division and Lundy is not going to have an easy fight with me. I am more comfortable in the ring and if Lundy wants a war well then bombs away. Let there be blood!”
“I’m eager to show the world that they haven’t seen the best of me yet,” said Hank Lundy. “Mauricio Herrera, I like him, because he reminds me of me, but on fight night I am not going to do him any favors. I know he gave Danny Garcia problems but I have full confidence in my abilities. He’s going to see what it’s like when you have a guy in front of you that can do the same thing and do it even better.”
“Herrera vs. Lundy at the LA Sports Arena will be thrilling fight for fans to witness on July 11,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lundy is fearless, willing to fight anyone at anytime, and he will give Herrera a challenge in the ring. But, Herrera is bold and relentless with his pursuit of victory in the ring, having fought (and won) against a dangerous fighter like Ruslan Provodnikov. Both fighters are thirsty for the win on July 11 as former world champions looking to reclaim a title.”
“We’re very happy to be working with a great group of people and a first rate promotion like Golden Boy Promotions, as well as everyone at HBO Boxing,” said Jimmy Burchfield Sr., CES Boxing President. “We’d like to thank Mauricio Herrera and his camp for taking the fight. Lundy has absolutely no fear and no problem going into somebody’s backyard and giving them the fight of their life. This July, he is going to put on an amazing show and have a huge victory on HBO Latino, and let the world know that ‘Hammerin’’ Hank Lundy is ready to be a World Champion.”
Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, plus applicable taxes and service charges, and are available for purchase at www.lacoliseum.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by calling 800-745-3000.
Herrera vs. Lundy is a 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing and sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico, Live It To Believe It! Doors open at 4:00pm PT and the first bell rings at 4:10p.m. PT. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT).
Currently ranked as one of the top ten super lightweight fighters in the world by the WBA and the WBO, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera has made a name for himself in boxing, taking on some of the toughest opponents and earning the interim WBA World Super Lightweight, the IBF North American Super Lightweight and the USNBC Super Lightweight and Welterweight titles along the way. 2014 was a busy year for Herrera as he faced off against undefeated unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia on March 15 for the WBA and WBC Super Lightweight World Championship only to lose via a controversial majority decision that many critics thought Herrera had won. Later on July 12, Herrera earned the interim WBA Super Lightweight title when he dethroned Johan Perez via a majority decision. Fresh off a contested decision against Jose Benavidez on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas, Herrera lost the interim WBA World Super Lightweight title and is now determined to take the NABF title on July 11. Herrera’s professional resume includes impressive victories over former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former standout Mike Dallas.
Former NABO and NABF Lightweight titlist “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy of Philadelphia, is a relentless fighter eager to get back into the title game after coming off a split-decision loss to Thomas Dulorme on Dec. 6, 2014 for the NABF Super Lightweight Title and the vacant WBO NABO Super Lightweight Title. A professional since 2006, Lundy has had a successful career acquiring and defending the WBO NABO Lightweight and the NABF Lightweight titles. Ranked by the WBC as one of the top contenders in the super lightweight division, Lundy has also faced some of the toughest fighters in the sport, going up against John Molina, former world champion David Diaz, and Raymundo Beltran. During a stretch between 2010 and 2014, Lundy fought nine of 11 bouts on national television (8 on ESPN and 1 on ShoBox) against opponents with a combined record of 232-18-3. Now, reunited with top trainer, Charles Ramey, who coached him during his undefeated streak, Lundy is ready to reclaim his place as a titleholder and will give the equally eager Herrera a tough fight at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena on July 11.
Hailing from Newark, New Jersey, Michael “The Artist” Perez is ready to make his debut on HBO Latino on July 11. 7-0-1 in his last eight bouts, the 25-year-old is coming off two successful defenses of his WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight title in 2014, as he defeated Jorge Romero and Jared Robinson. Currently ranked sixth in the world by the WBA, Perez wants to made a statement in his first fight of 2015 when he defeated the seasoned and former world titlist Miguel Acosta via unanimous decision in January. Now, Perez is ready to prove that he is the running for a world title shot when he faces the equally matched Sharif Borege.
From Kampala, Uganda and now fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere is an exciting lightweight fighter ready for a second shot at a world title. An active fighter since 2008, He has defeated experienced fighters like, Illido Julio, Raymundo Beltran, Sergio Rivera, Fernando Garcias and most recently Joksan Hernandez. Bogere got his first opportunity at the WBA Lightweight World Champion title in 2013, but lost out to Richar Abril via unanimous decision. Now, undefeated in his last four bouts, three of which were won via knockout, Bogere knows that a win against Michael Perez can put him back on the path to world championship stardom.