Jamel Herring defends his WBO junior lightweight title against Jonathan Oquendo on September 5 in Las Vegas as he looks to set up a mouth-watering clash with Carl Frampton. Will Herring keep his belt?
Road To Jamel Herring v Jonathan Oquendo
WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring was set to fight Carl Frampton in Belfast earlier this year, but the Covid-19 pandemic saw that contest shelved. The dream is to still have this fight in 2020 as Frampton attempts to become the first Irish boxer to be a world champion at three different weights. To set up a fight of this magnitude, both fighters need to be in top shape. Frampton has had his warm-up fight, he defeated Darren Traynor in the seventh round, now it is time for Herring to get into the ring and prove he is capable of holding the title for a long time. Former member of the United States Marine Corps Herring became the WBO champion back in November 2019 when won a unanimous decision against Japan’s Masayuki Ito, and he has had one title defence where he again won on points against Lamont Roach Junior. Oquendo is no mug, he became a professional in 2004 and has won 31 of his seven fights – 19 by way of knockout. This fight was originally scheduled for July, but the champion tested positive for Covid-19 and it had to be postponed twice. This will be Oquendo’s second world title fight following his defeat by WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar back in 2015. If Herring somehow loses this fight, then it will put a spanner in the works for a possible Herring versus Frampton bout. Frampton wants to be world champion, so he would probably not waste his time fighting the American without a belt.
Jamel Herring v Jonathan Oquendo Predictions & Tips
Jamel Herring is not expected to be troubled too much when he takes on Jonathan Oquendo with his WBO junior lightweight belt on the line. Deep down, this fight is just a stepping-stone to landing a mega fight with Carl Frampton, and it would be a disaster if Herring somehow failed to take Oquendo seriously and suffered a shock defeat. Herring has only tasted defeat twice in his career – his last one coming at the hands of Ladarius Miller in August 2017. He has since won five successive fights, with only one of them not going the distance. Herring does have 10 knockout wins under his belt, but he likes to take his time and has been taken to the judges 12 times, with only one of them ending in defeat. I predict any easy night for Herring, although it will go the distance. How can it be easy if it goes the distance? I mean easy in terms that he will dominate the fight from the start and I would be surprised if he lost any rounds.
Jamel Herring v Jonathan Oquendo Tips: Fighter Predictions
Jamel Herring: “This postponement is a blessing in disguise because I feel 10 times better than I did three weeks ago. I’m grateful to have another opportunity to get back in the ring. I’ve fully recovered from COVID-19 and I’m more than ready for anything Jonathan Oquendo brings on September 5. Our team has a great game plan and we are eager to carry it out.”
Jonathan Oquendo: “I am very happy with finally getting this opportunity to challenge Herring for his world title, as the fight has been canceled twice because of COVID-19. At one point, I thought that maybe the fight was not going to happen, but thanks to God, we are now ready for September 5. We are going to win, and we are in a very positive mindset. And we are going to leave everything in the ring. It’s now or never. It would be a great accomplishment to become a world champion at 37. That’s what we are going to do.”