Herring Puts His WBO Super Featherweight Title Up Against Oquendo on Saturday – After two prior cancellations, Jamel Herring and Jonathan Oquendo are finally able to get to figure on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+) in Las Vegas
The prior two scheduled meetings — July 2 and 14 — were postponed after Herring twice tested positive for COVID-19. Months later, most are good to travel for Herring to place his WBO super featherweight title on the road.
“I imagine everything happens for a reason,” Herring said at the pre-fight news conference. “It’s not like i used to be the sole one just suffering — it is a global pandemic so i can not really complain an excessive amount of . I’m just glad that I even have an excellent team, my management, BoMac, and my promoter Top Rank, where we’ve the access to be ready to reschedule and obtain me back in action.”
Herring (21-10, 10 KO), a former us Marine and a part of the 2012 Olympic boxing team, earned the WBO title with a May 2019 convert Masayuki Ito. After a successful title defense against Lamont Roach, COVID-19 threw Herring’s career into chaos. First, the longstanding plan for a showdown with Carl Frampton in Ireland was pushed off by the worldwide pandemic. Then came the 2 positive tests and every one of a sudden Herring has now been out of the ring for 10 months.
Oquendo (31-6, 19 KO) is on a 5-1 run since 2017. The lone loss therein span came two fights ago when he lost a good decision against Roach. A rebound convert Charles Huerta in November for a secondary WBO title put him in position to require advantage of the Frampton fight being out of reach for Herring.
“Look, all i do know is that we’ve done all the testing and i have begin negative whenever ,” Oquendo told BoxingScene. “Of course, there is a a part of me which will be relieved to finally hear the opening bell. But I never worried about the fight not happening. I signed a contract to fight him and now the fight is on. i can not await [Saturday].”
Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo Fight Prediction
Oquendo may be a solid boxer, but the recent common opponent in Roach reveals tons about the disparity in relative talent levels. Oquendo lost fairly wide on the cards to Roach while Herring won comfortably on two of the three cards. Herring did get during a little bit of trouble in Round 11, partially a product of his willingness to combine it up when he gets hit instead of fall back on his boxing skills. Oquendo may be a pace-pusher and his best chance to win comes from getting Herring to fall under the trap of blending it up during a brawl. We do not see Herring falling into that trap during this one.
Pick: Herring via UD
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