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Oquendo wins NABO & USBA Title Straps, Forces King to Quit on His Stool

by on Feb.23, 2010, under Boxing News

Report and photos by Juan C. Ayllon at ringside

Fres Oquendo (left) sends spray flying from Demetrice King's head with a thudding right.

Fres Oquendo (left) sends spray flying from Demetrice King's head with a thudding right.

HAMMOND, Ind., February 20, 2010 –Carol Stream, Illinois heavyweight boxer Fres Oquendo said that his opponent would be dangerous, but he’d box carefully and chop him down.  And that’s exactly what he did over nine rounds.

Built like a stubby tree trunk at roughly 5’ 10” and 273 lbs., Demetrice King manifests the quintessential dangerous opponent.  Just ask Bowie Tupou, an undefeated Tongan puncher with 18 wins and 14 knockouts whom King flattened in two rounds last August.  Or former alphabet soup heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs, a banger who gave former champ Lennox Lewis fits before getting stopped himself back in 1998; he was knocked down three times by King in March 2005 before stopping him in the second round, and less than a year and a half later, Briggs went on to win the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title.  Sporting a record of 15-17 and 13 knockout wins, King had only been stopped by Briggs. 

The first and second rounds set a pattern for the fight, as Oquendo jumps in with the full weight of his body behind a smashing right to the head, ties up, follows with range-finder jabs that sting, score points and setup subsequent thumping rights.  Then, he covers up or circles  away from return fire.

Oquendo (left) falls forward with King as he knocks him down with a smashing right to the chin.

Oquendo (left) falls forward with King as he knocks him down with a smashing right to the chin.

Oquendo lands a smashing right to King’s chin in the third, with the momentum carrying him down with King. Rising, he observes referee Kurt Spivey begin the count.  A fleck of blood adorns the bridge of a kneeling King, who rises at about the count of four and survives Oquendo’s follow-up onslaught.

King charges out in the fourth winging ponderous lefts and rights.  Oquendo backpedals, ducks and grabs.  Spivey warns Oquendo for excessive holding.  King nails him with a left hook to the jaw.  The crowd roars.

King (right) attacks Oquendo.

King (right) attacks Oquendo.

“Jab, jab!  His basement is open – hit him to the body!” shouts someone from Oquendo’s corner.  Oquendo obliges and regains control.  One strays below King’s belt in the fifth, drawing a warning from Spivey.  King gets a minutes rest.

Oquendo traps King – who appears hurt – on the ropes in the sixth with a series of thudding blows.  Is he playing possum?  Cautiously, Oquendo picks and pokes with care and avoids return volleys.

He whips up the crowd with several jarring rights to King’s head in the eighth, and unleashes a torrent the ninth round.  He’s battering King, whose facial features are swelling and whose futile counter blows are a mere afterthought.

Oquendo (center) and his team celebrate his win.

Oquendo (center) and his team celebrate his win.

It’s over at the beginning of the 10th round, as King remains seated on his stool.  Oquendo had won by technical knockout.  Now the owner of the vacant USBA and NABA heavyweight titles, he looks to get back into the fray for one of the world heavyweight titles.

The Co-Main Bout:

Escho (left) unloads a right uppercut as Logan covers up.

Escho (left) unloads a right uppercut as Logan covers up.

Prior to the start of his co-main bout, Palatine, Illinois’ Achour Escho jumped in the exaggerated fashion of mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz, bringing his knees up to his chest.  His hubris begged the question, What would happen if his opponent took his shots well and fired back with real malevolence?  We found out to some extent, as his opponent, Tennessee’s Martese Logan absorbed most shots well, covered and came back with crisp counter blows of his own. However, Escho maintained a much higher work rate, landed and moved well, garnering him a unanimous decision win with scores of 60-54 all.  Escho (146 lbs. at weigh-in) rose to 6-0 with 4 knockouts, while Logan (147 lbs.) slipped to 26-42-2 with 6 knockouts.

Logan (left) fires back with a vengeance, as Escho covers up in a corner.

Logan (left) fires back with a vengeance, as Escho covers up in a corner.

The Undercard:

Zimnoch stalks Graham.

Zimnoch stalks Graham.

Zimnoch (right) pummels Graham in a corner as Spivey looks on.

Zimnoch (right) pummels Graham in a corner as Spivey looks on.

It was target practice as Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimoch (pro debut) dropped and finished Akron, Ohio’s outmatched Keon Graham (pro debut) with a series of single rights to the head at 2:47 into the first round.

Chicago’s Derek Zugic (175 lbs.) maintained a high punch output and upped his record to 2-0 with 1 knockout, as he dominated Canton, Ohio’s Nathan Wilkes (175 lbs.) over four rounds for a unanimous decision win.  Judges scored the bout 40-36 all, dropping Wilkes’ record to 0-2.

Terry Martin (left) looks on as referee Kurt Spivey waves him off Rodell Bolar.

Terry Martin (left) looks on as referee Kurt Spivey waves him off Rodell Bolar.

Former mixed martial artist and sometime sparring partner of Fres Oquendo Terry Martin (188 1/4 lbs.) of Chicago ran up his boxing record to 4-0 with 4 knockouts, as he blasted out Akron, Ohio’s Rodell Bolar (190 1/4 lbs.) with a single right to the head, stopping him at 1:21 of the first round.  Lewus, whose record dropped to 0-3, remained flat on his back for several minutes before being assisted up onto his stool.

Henry Coyle (far left), who couldn't fight as he injured his ankle in training, Donovan "Da Bomb" George (3rd from  left), Angel "Torro" Hernandez (3rd from right), "King" David Estrada (2nd from right), and "Fearless" Fernando Hernandez greet the crowd.

Henry Coyle (far left), who couldn't fight as he injured his ankle in training, Donovan "Da Bomb" George (3rd from left), Angel "Torro" Hernandez (3rd from right), "King" David Estrada (2nd from right), and "Fearless" Fernando Hernandez greet the crowd.

Pete "Papa Bomb" George (2nd from right) with "Hollywood" Jiminez at ringside.

Pete "Papa Bomb" George (2nd from right) with "Hollywood" Jiminez at ringside.

"Fearless" Fernando Hernandez with a friend.

"Fearless" Fernando Hernandez with a friend.

William Hernandez (2nd from left) and Fernando Hernandez pose with friends at ringside.

William Hernandez (2nd from left) and Fernando Hernandez pose with friends at ringside.

Left to right:  Angel "El Torro" Hernandez, "Fearless" Fernando Hernandez, Chicago Fight Club owner Wasfi Tolaymat, and "King" David Estrada.

Left to right: Angel "El Torro" Hernandez, "Fearless" Fernando Hernandez, Chicago Fight Club owner Wasfi Tolaymat, and "King" David Estrada.

Guest of honor Buster Douglas, who knocked out Mike Tyson in arguably the boxing upset of the century, with my friend and assistant, Belle.

Guest of honor Buster Douglas, who knocked out Mike Tyson in arguably the boxing upset of the century, with my friend and assistant, Belle.

PROMOTER:  Bobby Hitz.

Welterweight contender "King" David Estrada with Belle, who told him, "Watch that fist -- you may knock me out, but I'll hit you back because I'm Irish!"

Welterweight contender "King" David Estrada with Belle, who told him, "Watch that fist -- you may knock me out, but I'll hit you back because I'm Irish!"

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