Golden Boy Promotions is working to finalize a fight between welterweight Frankie Gomez and Mauricio Herrera. If scheduled, it will be on the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan HBO PPV undercard on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Golden Boy vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN.com.
Herrera, who is moving up in weight, had been penciled in to face Lucas Matthysse on the card, but that fell through when Matthysse elected to take more time because his eye is not fully healed from 10th-round knockout loss to Viktor Postol in their vacant world title fight in October.
“We’re working on the fight but it’s not done,” Gomez said. “It will be on the card if we are able to get it done.”
Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs), who has been a disappointed some because of his inability to consistently make weight and his fighting while not in top condition, was being penciled in to appear on HBO in the Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido co-feature on June 4, but those plans changed when the Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) fight presented itself in the wake of Matthysse’s decision to sit out May 7.
Another fight in discussion for the pay-per-view is one between interim heavyweight titlist Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs). Gomez said talks with Frank Warren, Ustinov’s promoter, are ongoing.
Another consideration for the card -- one that appears unlikely given recent circumstances -- is former middleweight titlist David Lemieux in his first fight since losing his title by knockout to Gennady Golovkin in their October unification bout. Lemieux was supposed to return in his hometown of Montreal to face James de la Rosa at 163 pounds this past Saturday, but Lemieux missed weight and the fight was canceled.
Gomez said he was not making excuses for Lemieux because he was upset by what happened but said Lemieux got sick two weeks before the fight and missed five days of training.
“He missed five days of training, which were crucial to making weight. It’s unfortunate. It happens,” Gomez said. “You hate to give excuses but that is what happened. He is going to stay at 160. Those five days of not being able to train were very crucial. So what we’re going to do on May 7 -- we’re working on it. We have a number of fights we are talking about.”