“Fast” Fres Oquendo of Chicago, IL, who is trying to work his way into a major fight with one the top ten heavyweights, showed that at age 39 and despite more than one year removed from a full fight, he his still quick enough with his jab and crafty enough with his counters to challenge anyone by stopping a very strong and surprisingly fast-handed Joey Abell from Everett, WA in the ninth round to capture the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship.
While there was give and take throughout the fight, towards the end of the third round, a round in which Oquendo was credited with a knockdown because the ropes held up Abell, Oquendo’s jab and ability to counter changed the momentum of the fight. Although Abell’s corner and many ringside felt that the fight might have been prematurely stopped, Oquendo was clearly on his way to stopping Abell, who was bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Oquendo improved to 34-7 with 21KOs while Abell fell to 28-6 with 27KOs.
After the fight Oquendo called out all fighters but called out Seth Mitchell, Chris Arreola, and the Klitschkos by name. Unfortunately, despite an impressive showing, after the fight Abell posted “I lost and I retire” on Facebook.
Elijah McCall of Basset, VA overcame adversity in the middle rounds to stop a gritty Stan Allen of Gary, IN in the sixth round with a dynamic right hand. McCall, who is trained by Nate Jones and his father, former heavyweight champion of the world, Oliver McCall, improved his record to 9-1-1 with 8KOS while Allen fell to 5-4 with 3KOs.
In an unimpressive pro debut, Nick Ramirez now 0-0-1 of Rockford, IL fought to a majority draw against Southpaw Lorenzo Wilson now 1-1-2 of Indianapolis, IN. One judge scored it 39-37 for Ramirez while the other two scored it 38-38.
Meegal Harper of Chicago Heights, IL maintained his undefeated record and moved to 6-0 with 6KOs with a third round TKO of a very game but clearly overmatched Guy Packer of Battle Creek, MI who moved to 4-37-2.
Donatas Bondorovas of Chicago, IL improved to 15-3-1 with 4KOs by stopping Ramon Valenzuela Jr. of Chicago with 2:38 remaining in the second round in a crowd-pleasing brawl. Ramon Valenzuela, who carried the first round, fell to 7-1 with 1KO.
David Martin III of Hobart, IN overcame a flat first round to score a TKO in the fourth round over a very game and large Tim Washington of Toledo, OH in what appeared to be an early stoppage. Martin improved to 6-0 with 5KOs while Washington fell to 0-2.
After the main event, Emerson Chasing Bear improved to 5-3-2 with 3KOs with an unimpressive and lackluster win over an exhausted looking Phiillip Triantafillo who fell to 2-1 with 1KO.
To close the night, fan favorite Mike Jimenez of Chicago, IL improved to 7-0 with 4KOs in a third round stoppage of Adrian Hermann of Everett, WA who fell to 3-4-1 with 1KO.
By Sam Geraci, Ringside
Photo: Jaime Ramirez