Jamel Herring (21-2, 10 KOs) will defend his WBO World Super feather title against Jonathan Oquendo (31-6, 19 KOs), less than a month after testing positive for COVID-19.
Herring tested positive on June 21st, just before this fight against Oquendo, which was originally scheduled for July 2nd. Now it takes place on Tuesday, headlining the Top Rank Boxing card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Jamel Herring vs. Jonathan Oquendo
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – 08:02 PM EDT
Herring’s team suggested that he should reconsider this title defense but he is symptom-free and tested negative in a follow-up test. His camp then asked him to turn this 12-round title defense into a 10-round non-title fight but he said “absolutely not.”
This will be Jamel Herring’s first fight of the year. His 2019 was unforgettable. Herring upset Masayuki Ito and won his title via unanimous decision on May 25th at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
He then beat Lamont Roach via unanimous decision on November 19th at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California. Herring, the 2012 US Olympic boxing team captain, is 5-0 since signing a multi-fight deal with Top
“I am back, healthy and 100 percent ready to defend my world title. Oquendo is a tough opponent who realizes this is his last chance to win a world title. He’s coming for what I have and I’m not going to cut any corners. I will return home to celebrate with my family and my belt,” Herring said.
Born: October 30th, 1985
Country: United States
Division: Super feather
Record: 21-2 (10 KOs)
43.48 KO percentage
Jonathan Oquendo, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, challenged Jesus Cuellar for the WBA World feather title on December 5th, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and he lost a unanimous decision. Oquendo moved up to junior lightweight after that loss and he is 5-1 since.
He earned the right to challenge Herring for the WBO World Super feather title after a unanimous decision win against Charles Huerta on November 14th at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. This was after a controversial unanimous decision loss against Lamont Roach on May 4th, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“We know Jamel is a slippery, tall, left-handed fighter who has an advantage in range, but we are working for that and we know that we will have no problems. My company knows how hard I fight and how hard I train. Fans like Jonathan Oquendo because he makes for great fights,” Oquendo said.
Born: August 3rd, 1983
Country: Puerto Rico
Division: Super feather
Record: 31-6 (19 KOs)
51.35 KO percentage
While Oquendo has way more experience than his opponent, he hasn’t fought as many high-caliber boxers as Herring. Is Herring 100 percent ready to defend his title after his battle against COVID-19? That’s my only concern with him?
Herring has a reach advantage in this fight and great defense. Oquendo has some power but Herring is the better boxer, though he hasn’t stopped anyone in his last four fights. Controlling the range is the key to this fight for Herring. Oquendo is not prolific with the jab but he is very tough. My lean is the Over, just like in Zepeda-Castaneda last week.