Jamel Herring defends his WBO World Super feather title against Jonathan Oquendo at MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas on Saturday.
This fight had to be rescheduled twice because Herring tested positive for COVID-19 two times. First, on June 21, just before the July 2 scheduled date for what would have headlined the Top Rank Boxing card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Then, the Sunday before the news fight date of July 14, as Herring produced a positive result when he entered ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand.
Herring (21-2, 10 KOs) beat Lamont Roach via unanimous decision on November 19 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California. He is 5-0 since signing a multi-fight deal with Top Rank Boxing.
“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.
Oquendo (31-6, 19 KOs) moved up to junior lightweight after a loss against Jesus Cuellar in 2015 and he is 5-1 since. He is coming off a unanimous decision win against Charles Huerta on November 14 at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. That victory followed up a unanimous decision loss against Lamont Roach on May 4, 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.