Moments ago in Las Vegas, inside of the T-Mobile Arena, undefeated welterweight prospect Juan Heraldez (13-0, 8 KO’s) kept his perfect record in tact with a 10-round unanimous decision over power-punching Jose Miguel Borrego (13-1, 12 KO’s).
After ten rounds of action, scorecards from judges Robert Hoyle (97-92), Tim Cheatham (97-92), and Eric Cheek (96-93) saw Heraldez come away with the victory despite the crowd appearing to have mixed views on the fight.
Borrego was the aggressor throughout the match, while Heraldez played the role of matador. Borrego did drop Heraldez in the ninth round, yet it wasn’t enough.
Speaking on his victory afterwards, Heraldez seemed fulfilled.
“I was very prepared and I took advantage of this opportunity. I executed my plan and came out with a clear victory,” he said.
“Other than the knockdown, I thought that I outboxed him every other round. I did what I wanted to do. I let myself get distracted and that’s why I got knocked down. I got a little ahead of myself. I’m the only person who can stop myself,” Heraldez also stated.
Heraldez is a Mexican-American fighter with deceptive speed and power, yet it was his skills that he felt carried him to victory.
“The jab was really the key tonight. I dictated everything off of the jab and tried to use my angles, my footwork and my movement,” Heraldez said.
“It feels great to be on this stage and its moments like these where I can go out and compete and I can prove everyone right who gave me this chance,” he added.
Heraldez will surely be back inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club training next week and recognizes how important this match was.
“This was a prospect fight and now I’m on to bigger and better things,” said Heraldez. “I’m ready to take the next step.”
For his part, Borrego felt a bit slighted upon hearing the judges’ scoring.
“Heraldez ran the whole fight,” said Borrego. “I’m happy that the fans booed the decision because they know he ran. I came to entertain the fans and that’s what I did.”
Borrego did show much class, admitting that he now has to work on things inside of the gym.
“I have to cut the ring off better. I also need to let my hands go more and throw three or four punch combinations instead of just one or two at a time.”
Heraldez, 27, revealed prior to the matchup that he was in great shape for this contest, as he worked with a wide variety of sparring partners before the match, including once-beaten lightweight prospect Ladarius “Memphis” Miller.
If you read between the lines, it would have been easy to guess Heraldez’s game plan coming into the match, as he pointed to his abilities that were going to lead him to victory.
“I’m just going to box him. It’s the sweet science,” said Heraldez.
That appears to be just what Heraldez did, albeit with a tough opponent in his face. Stay tuned for more updates from the Mayweather vs. McGregor pay per view.