Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) and “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia hosted a press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 28 to discuss their upcoming 10-round showdown on Saturday, July 11 on HBO Latino.
Herrera vs. Lundy will possibly be the last boxing match held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena before it is demolished later this year. Also joining Herrera and Lundy were co-main event fighters 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), who will open up the telecast to battle in 10-round lightweight match.
“Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions for taking a chance on me for my career. Last year was a tough year. Two of the fights I was robbed in. This fight on July 11 will be justice for Herrera.
“Who better than to fight this tough man, Hank Lundy. We are both hungry and not scared of anybody.
“Lundy says he’s coming to fight and box. This is going to be the last fight, and we are going to shut it down. I’m going to take him to school.
“I hope everyone enjoys the fight and can make it out July 11 to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.”
“Every time I touch Mauricio with that glove it will bring pain. You are going to think about retiring after this fight. I’m ready to go to war.
“I hope Mauricio is in shape. But listen, I’m always in shape and always ready to go.
“That belt, I had it, and I’m bringing it home. This is a championship fight, and once I beat you, they will know who the real champion is: ‘Hammerin” Hank Lundy.”
ERIC GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“These guys, Herrera, Lundy, Perez and Bogere, all have big hearts and will give it their all. These are going to be toe-to-toe wars on July 11. They will be fun to watch.
“We put a lot of time and effort in these fights. There is a lot of boxing on TV right now, and, how do you standout? You make great fights. We sit down with Oscar and our matchmaker Robert Diaz to make these great fights. Sometimes we spend hours debating the match ups.
“This kid they call ‘The Lion,’ Sharif Bogere has a great record. He is ranked by all the organizations as one of the top lightweights in the world.
“If you have never seen Michael Perez, you don’t want to miss this. He is an exciting fighter to watch. He is a hard fighter to handle.
“The best fighters have to fight the best. The only way you can do that is work with others. We have a great partner with CES Promotions for this fight July 11.
“Bernard Hopkins has always told us at Golden Boy Promotions, ‘you have to check out that hammer kid, that ‘Hammerin” Hank Lundy.’ He always talked about how dedicated he is, how serious he is about boxing. He comes from a tough town and they take their sports very seriously in Philadelphia.
“Herrera and Lundy are both top contenders knocking on the door for a world title. All that makes for a good fight. They are going to bring all that emotion in to the ring.”
“Me, as a fighter, I’m growing year by year. I’m young but I have a lot of experience to bring to this fight. I’m coming out to make a name.
“I am growing year by year. I am young but I think have a lot of experience to bring to this fight. I know the opportunity that is in hand.”
“I want to thank you for being here. We are going to put on a great show, and I am ready. July 11, it’s going down baby. Don’t miss out.”