Mauricio Herrera dominated the fun but limited Ji-Hoon Kim tonight on a special Thursday night edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights from California, winning on unanimous decision scores of 99-91, 99-91, 98-92. BLH had it 99-91 for Herrera.
Kim (24-9, 18 KO) was his usual self, which means that he ate a lot of punches, he was clumsy and totally lacking in defense, and outside of landing a KO punch, he really didn't have much opportunity to win the fight. Nobody could find Kim less than entertaining, but we now clearly know he doesn't belong in the ring with guys you could even consider fringe contenders.
For Herrera (19-3, 7 KO) it's a nice bounce-back win following losses to Mike Alvarado and Karim Mayfield in 2012. It doesn't vault him into the top 10 at 140 or anything, as that division is extremely competitive and filled with talent right now, but he's a solid fighter and could eventually find his way back into a meaningful fight, even if lined up as "the opponent."
In the lightweight co-feature, Miguel Gonzalez scored a mild upset over former titlist Miguel Acosta, winning a decision on scores of 97-91, 96-92, and 95-93. BLH scored it 96-92 for Gonzalez, who came off the canvas in round two to floor Acosta late in round five, and after that, it was pretty much the Gonzalez show. Gonzalez improves to 21-3 (15 KO), while Acosta drops to 29-7-2 (23 KO).