Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Golden Boy signs Herrera, Ochoa
By Dan Rafael
Golden Boy Promotions announced the signing of a pair of junior welterweights on Tuesday: veteran Mauricio Herrera and prospect Zachary Ochoa.
"We welcome these two exciting boxers to the Golden Boy Promotions team, and we have big plans for them in the coming years," Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said in making the announcement.
“Mauricio Herrera is one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, but he will get his chance to shine in March when he challenges Danny Garcia for the junior welterweight title. We've been watching Zachary Ochoa during our East Coast events, and he has a bright future in a talent-rich division."
Neither signing comes as much of a surprise. Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) will challenge 140-pound champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) on March 15 (Showtime) in Puerto Rico. That fight was announced last week, and his signing goes along with getting the fight.
Herrera, 33, of Riverside, Calif., owns a 2011 points victory against Ruslan Provodnikov, who went on to win a junior welterweight world title in October. Herrera also lost a decision to former titlist Mike Alvarado in a hellacious battle that was a 2012 fight of the year candidate.
"Being from Southern California, Golden Boy Promotions has always had a big presence, and I'm happy to be on the company roster," Herrera said. “I've paid my dues over the years, and now it's time to get my world title and the big fights. Golden Boy Promotions will help me get those fights. The world title, that's up to me."
The 21-year-old Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been a regular on Golden Boy’s recent cards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and his signing has been in the works.
"It's an honor for me to be a part of the best promotional company in boxing," Ochoa said. "I've been putting in a lot of hard work and I've made plenty of sacrifices over the years, never giving up the dream that one day I would get my chance to shine. That day is here, and I'm going to make the most of it."