Canelo-Lara PPV undercard recap
- Updated: July 12, 2014
The opening bout of the pay-per-view undercard featured a 10-round bout between Johan Perez and Mauricio Herrera.
Herrera, who usually utilizes a boxer-puncher type of style, came out aggressive from the opening bell. Perez, usually a fast-handed aggresor, spent a majority of the first half of the fight on the ropes trying to defend the non-stop attack of the Riverside native. When the fight got to the 8th, both men made it into a slugfest, trading shots in the middle of the ring with Herrera getting the better of the entertaining exchanges. Rounds nine through twelve saw more toe-to-toe action, however, Herrera displayed a slick style of defense and was able to land some nice counters on Perez.
When the final bell rang, both men received a nice ovation from the crowd inside the arena after an entertaining scrap. The final result was a majority decision victory in favor of Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7 KO) with scores of 114-114 and 116-112 twice.
The second bout of the PPV card saw another chapter in the the Mexico vs Puerto Rico rivalry as Francisco Vargas squared off against Juan Manuel Lopez.
In round one, both men were cautious to throw punches with any type of intentions. While Lopez remained cautious in round two, Vargas slowly turned up the heat, throwing some good left hooks throughout. In round three, both men went to war, trading hook for hook, shot for shot, but the chin of Lopez just could not hold up as Vargas dropped him to the canvas. The round would end, saving Lopez from a knockout, but referee Vic Drakulich had seen enough and stopped the contest. Francisco Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KO) earned the third round stoppage victory.
Following the theme of Mexico vs Puerto Rico, the co-main event saw Abner Mares take on Jonathan Oquendo.
The old brawling Mares was gone and replaced with a more cautious Mares, as he is now trained by Virgil Hunter. The Mexican fighter stayed away from any big exchanges and received a nasty cut near his right eye as a result of a punch from Oquendo in the fourth. From the fifth round on the fight really turned into a bore with most fans focused on Memo Ochoa, goalie for Mexico, who was sitting ringside. Oquendo’s style didn’t help either and Mares coasted through the rest of the fight.
Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KO) got the unanimous decision victory with scores of 96-94 and 98-92 twice.