Mauricio Herrera and Johan Perez opened tonight's Canelo-Lara pay-per-view with a solid action fight at 140 pounds, and in the end, it was Herrera taking a seemingly clear-cut win that was scored a majority decision, anyway. Herrera won on scores of 116-112 from both Lisa Giampa and Glenn Trowbridge, while judge Max DeLuca saw the fight a 114-114 draw. BLH had it 117-111 for Herrera.
Herrera (21-4, 7 KO) jabbed his way to victory for the most part, but that's not to say he was just picking and pecking his way through this fight. The 34-year-old contender from Riverside, California, landed his share of power shots, and the bout turned into a fairly grueling affair in the latter half, as both men continued to give a serious effort the entire way, with Perez (19-2-1, 13 KO) never really fading out or making it easy for the eventual victor.
Herrera may now be in line for another world title shot, after the widely-held feeling that he got the shaft in Puerto Rico this past March, when he controversially lost to Danny Garcia. Garcia (as well as IBF titlist Lamont Peterson) will next defend on August 9 on Showtime.