“I was 27 years old when I turned pro, which is so much later then all the other guys in my division. Since the beginning, I’ve felt rushed. I had to hit the ground running”, said Mauricio Herrera (22-6, 7 KOs) about his career during a recent phone interview with Round By Round Boxing.
Luckily, we were able to catch up with Herrera, before he ventures to Indio, CA to take on Pablo Cesar Cano (29-5, 21 KOs) on Friday night.
Cano and Herrera seem to meet each other at a crossroad in their careers, both needing this win after facing losses earlier this year. To his credit, every loss besides one on Herrera’s roster is against an undefeated fighter, and many of those losses were quite controversial.
“That’s when I felt rushed, like I needed to prove something,” said Herrera. “I want the best fights possible, and I want the fans to remember I always took those fights regardless of the outcome.”
After looking back at his short nine-year career, Herrera faces the reality that the world title may no longer be within arm’s reach, and that’s okay for him.
“If it happens, of course I’m happy to have that opportunity. But I really just want to keep fighting, continue to entertain the fans and provide for my family,” said Herrera.
Herrera says his family purchased a new home about five years ago, but the newest addition is a pool, which he hasn’t been able to enjoy yet.
“My family deserves the best, they’ve been through all this with me–the losses, and the disappointment,” said Herrera.
“My wife takes it the hardest. She sees how hard I train, and she just feels I never got the recognition I deserve. But life goes on, inside and outside the ring. We just gotta keep going.”
Without looking too far into the future or discussing retirement, Herrera talked about his new venture, a trucking business in Riverside, California.
Another source of income to bring into the home, and maybe something that will take over his focus when boxing is done. But for now, the focus is to take out the younger Cano, bring home the win for his wife and kids, and finally being able to enjoy his new pool.
Make sure you check out Mauricio Herrera vs. Pablo Cesar Cano live on RingTV.com Friday night starting at 5:30 pm, PST.
The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air tape delayed on Estrella TV, www.Estrella.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios on Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PST.
Photo by Ismael Gallardo/RBRBoxing
Colorado's Boxing Chick. Staff Writer for Round By Round Boxing, mother of 3, wife of professional boxer Manny Perez.