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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.
A native of Lake Elsinore, California, Mauricio Herrera has captivated the Southern California fight scene with an exciting style and the type of talent that have many picking him as a future world champion. Ironically, Herrera wasn’t a big fan of boxing growing up, but at 13, a friend of his father’s introduced him to the sport, and the fighter who would eventually become known as “El Maestro” was hooked. During a stellar amateur career, Herrera won 29 of 30 bouts, but he soon became restless and wanted to turn pro. His original trainer kept putting Herrera off, eventually forcing the fighter to look elsewhere for instruction and guidance. He found both in manager and trainer Willie Silva, and on August 24, 2007, Herrera finally turned pro at the age of 27 with a four round decision win over Angel Osuna. Herrera tore through his early opposition, most impressively stopping hot prospect Pavel Miranda in the eighth round on November 28, 2008. Following the fight, Herrera signed a promotional contract with Thompson Boxing Promotions, and he rewarded his new team’s faith in him by winning seven more bouts, four by knockout, to lift his record to a stellar 15-1 with 7 KOs. And though he suffered his first defeat in December of 2009 via a highly controversial eight round split decision to former world champion Mike Anchondo, he bounced back with impressive victories over Efren Hinojosa (TKO6), Hector Alatorre (W8), future world champ Ruslan Provodnikov (W12), and Cristian Favela (W8) to put himself back in the junior welterweight contenders’ mix. After defeating top prospect Mike Dallas Jr. in June of 2011, Herrera would lose his next two bouts to Mike Alvarado and Karim Mayfield in 2012. The defeats were disappointing, but fans still flocked to his side thanks to his exciting style and warrior spirit. And those fans’ faith was rewarded in 2013, as Herrera got back on track with wins over Ji-Hoon Kim (W10) and Miguel Angel Huerta (W8), establishing him as a serious world title challenger. Now it’s time for the slick boxing Herrera to take his career to the next level, and despite a controversial majority decision loss to Danny Garcia in a March 15, 2014 bout for Garcia’s WBA, WBC, and Ring magazine titles, a win in his upcoming July 12 bout against Johan Perez may be the one he needs to earn him a second title shot. “I’m focused on boxing and dedicated to my career,” said Herrera, who is now signed to the elite Golden Boy Promotions team. “I’m training and learning every day and I am willing to put in all the hard work necessary to become a world champion one day.