Herrera: No Benavidez rematch, I want Matthysse or Peterson!
Entertaining super lightweight Mauricio Herrera has put his debated defeat to Jose Benavidez firmly behind him as the fighter prepares to face ‘Hammerin’ Hank Lundy on July 11 in Los Angeles.
The 35 year-old, who holds victories over recognised ex-champions Ruslan Provodnikov and Ji-Hoon Kim, is aiming to prove his world title credentials against Lundy before nailing down a challenge against one of the current divisional champions.
Herrera dropped a fifth career reverse at the hands of undefeated Benavidez in December and ‘El Maestro’ believes there is no point going over old ground with the now interim WBA champion as he feels that he already defeated him in their first meeting.
“I don’t care about Benavidez. They gave it to him (the win) because he is a young fighter coming up,” Herrera told World Boxing News.
“The one thing I’ve learned is that you can get screwed in boxing and I believe I won that fight.
“I don’t care for a rematch. Benavides not a big name. I only want to fight top names. I want Lucas Matthysee and Lamont Petersen.”
In the past, it have been argued that Herrera has been unlucky with decisions in at least four of his losses and feels a rematch with Mike Alvarado still has appeal, as does a second clash with Provodnikov even though he came out on top last time around.
“Those are two fights we can consider if I can’t get other big names as I consider them big names too. Those fights would be awesome as before and would draw a big crowd.
“I would even move up in weight if I can get the big names to fight at 140, but first I must beat Lundy.”
Asked what kind of fight he is expecting next week, Herrera replied: “I think it will be a fight with different styles. We will try to box and figure each other out. We will break it down little by little and you will see me put on the pressure.”