ESPN2 TO SHOW BOXING ON THURSDAY MAY 2ND
Press Release: On Thursday May 2nd, ESPN2 will televise a boxing show from The Omega Products International in Corona, California. In the ten round main event, Mauricio Herrera will take on the exciting Ji-Hoon Kim in a junior welterweight bout.
Herrera of Riverside, California has a record of 18-3 with 7 KOs. The thirty-two year old has quality wins over Ruslan Provodnikov, Cleotis Pendarvis and Mike Dallas. Herrera's losses are against ex-130 pound titlist Mike Anchondo, Mike Alvarado and Karim Mayfield.
Kim, of Goyang City, South Korea, has a record of 24-8 with 18 KOs and iusually fights at lightweight. He had his first eighteen pro fights in South Korea. Kim made a huge splash in his American debut as he stopped former world title challenger Kobo Gogaladze in one round on May 16th, 2008. Kim then split his time between South Korea and the United States before winning an IBF lightweight elimination bout against Ameth Diaz. The win set up a world title opportunity, which he lost by decision to Miguel Vazquez.
Kim has seen his popularity grow due to his all action style, has been featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fight’s and has appeared in many “Fight of the Year” candidates. Kim has picked quality wins over Yakubu Amidu (20-2-1) and Alisher Rahimov (23-0). Kim is coming off a ten-round unanimous decision defeat to world ranked Ray Beltran on December 6th, 2012 in a bout where Kim knocked Beltran down in round one.
In the co-feature, former WBA lightweight titlist Miguel Acosta will take on Miguel Gonzalez in a bout scheduled for ten rounds.
Acosta of Caracas, Venezuela has a record of 29-6-2 with 23 knockouts. He won the WBA interim Lightweight title with a 9th round stoppage over previously undefeated Urbano Antillon on July 25th, 2009. He won the full title when he stopped Paulus Moses (25-0) in Moses’ home country of Namibia on May 29, 2010. Acosta performed well before being stopped in ten rounds by Brandon Rios. Acosta got another crack at the WBA interim title but lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Richar Abril. Acosta is coming off a ten-round split decision defeat to then undefeated Art Hovhannisyan (14-0-2) on July 20, 2012.
Gonzalez of Cleveland, Ohio has a record of 20-3 with 15 KOs. The twenty-seven year old Gonzalez has wins over the likes of Tyrone Harris (24-7) and Humberto Toledo (39-6). He is coming off a ten round unanimous decision defeat to highly regarded Mike Dallas Jr. on February 17th, 2012.
“This will be an exciting doubleheader on May 2nd”, said Banner Promotions CEO Arthur Pelullo. “Herrera and Kim can get right back in the title mix with a win and the opening bout features Acosta who is a former world champion taking on Gonzalez, who with a win can throw his name in the middle of the Lightweight title picture”.
“We're excited to host this special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights Boxing on a Thursday night. We're especially enthused to feature our very own, Riverside's junior welterweight slugger Mauricio Herrera in a tough competition against South Korea's Ji-Hoon Kim. I have no doubt that these two warriors will leave it all in the ring and give the viewing fights fans everything they expect to see and even more! The entire fight card will be an exciting one so the local boxing aficionados that will be in attendance are in for a turbulent treat." said Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing.