Las Vegas is synonymous with big fight nights, and we have one of those set to go on Saturday night. Jamel Herring, the current WBO Super-Featherweight champion, will have his second defense of the title against Johnathan Oquendo. This is a fight that has been on the cards for a while, but a pair of positive coronavirus tests from Herring has seen it pushed back. The hope now is that this one will go off as planned, with the majority of the boxing fans out there hoping for a Herring win. The dream matchup would see him face Carl Frampton, but the reality is that Herring needs to win here to make that happen, probably sometime next year. Let’s take a closer look at both fighters, along with their Boxing odds.
Jamel Herring Vs Jonathan Oquendo Odds & Picks | Boxing Betting
A Look at Jamel Herring (-1100)
Herring has a record of 21-2, which includes 10 KO, in his professional career, which is not a lot of fights for a man who is now 34 years old. The reason for the number of fights is that he came out of the amateur ranks and stepped into service in the Marine Corps. The training there seems to have served him very well, as he is a humble, disciplined fighter who has move dup the ranks quickly since turning pro.
After appearing for Team USA in the 2012 Olympic Games, Herring turned pro and put together a 15-0 run. He was, perhaps a little too quickly, moved up the levels, with losses to Denis Shafikov and Ladarius Miller stalling his ascent. He has not looked back since then, though, and got his title shot last year against champion Masayuki Ito, which he won. He defended his title 6 months later, taking out previously unbeaten Lamont Roach in another impressive performance.
He comes into this fight as a very clear favorite.
A Look at Johnathan Oquendo (+1080)
At 36 years of age, Oquendo brings a ton of experience to the ring, but you also have to wonder how much he has left in the tank after 37 fights in his pro career. He has been solid, though, going 31-6 and delivering 19 wins via KO. It has been his performances in the big fights that have prevented him from scaling the heights, which is why he is such a longshot in this one.
Oquendo got through his first 12 fights unbeaten, but he took his first loss back in 2007 after being disqualified for repeated low blows in a fight against Oscar Andrade. From that point forward, he has gone on some very good runs of form, but every time he makes the step up to a big fight, things have had a tendency to fall apart.
As good an opponent as Oquendo is, there is still an awful lot going against him here, which is why I think he is in trouble. I have Herring winning this one by KO in the middle to later rounds.
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