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Fres Oquendo Stays Sharp in Hard-Fought Victory, Up and Coming Boxers Fight Hard for Their “0’s”
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
HAMMOND, IN, May 25, 2012 — Chicago’s Fres Oquendo (219.5 lbs., now 34-7, 22 KO’s) was back in action at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana this evening after more than a year off and suffering a series of heartbreaking and controversial losses in his last attempts to get back into the title race. If Oquendo was hoping to prove he is still a contender, he did so against the game and dangerous Joey Abell (240 lbs., 28-6, 27 KO’s) from Coon Rapids, MI. Oquendo has lost some of his speed, but his smarts took over when he found himself in trouble against the hard-punching but less skilled southpaw Abell. Nevertheless, Abell did not give him a moment’s rest as long as the bout lasted. The two were fighting for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Title, so Oquendo now has some hardware to offer in his quest for a major fight.
The other action of the evening featured a series of pitched battles between up-and-comers and would-be spoilers. Nick Ramirez was unimpressive in his professional debut. Meegal Harper struggled to keep his undefeated record intact against the crafty veteran Guy Packer. Donatas Bondorovas stayed calm under heavy fire before launching his own brutal counter-attack against Ramon Valenzuela Jr. David Martin III found a surprisingly durable opponent in Tim Washington. Elijah McCall had a tough time with the larger and surprisingly active Stan Allen. Phillip Triantfillo struggled to launch a consistent offense against the light-punching but busier Emerson Chasing Bear. Mike Jimenez took some heavy shots against granite-chinned Adrian Hermann before finally wearing him down enough to finish. If the hometown fighters were looking for easy wins, they did not get their wishes. There were no opponents on this card; everyone lacing on the gloves came to fight. (continue reading…)