In the best fight on the card undefeated Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KO’s) powered through to grueling 10 round unanimous decision win over #7 IBF Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KO’s). The final judges’ scores were 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94. I had the fight scored a draw, because of the 31-year-old Herrera’s impressive work in the first half of the fight. However, Herrera wasn’t able to keep up the pace into the second half and he clearly wore down from the constant pressure from Alvarado. Both of Herrera’s eyes were swollen up by the end of the fight and his left was completely closed. Alvarado, #3 WBO, #9 IBF, #11 WBA, suffered a small cut on the side of his right eye and a lot of swelling around from his face from his back and forth war.
Undefeated lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KO’s) defeated 26-year-old journeyman Oscar Cuero (15-8, 12 KO’s) by an 8th round TKO win. Gesta, knocked Cuero down in the 7th and 8th rounds. The fight was stopped in the 8th after Gesta landed a short right cross that sent Cuero down. It looked like a nothing punch, but Cuero seemed to not be into fight anymore at that point. He had been knocked down the round before by a right to the body, and he didn’t look like he wanted to continue then but he did.