Jamel Herring Vs. Jonathan Oquendo Officially Rebooked
The third time will be the charm for Jamel Herring and Top Rank.
Herring (21-2), the WBO Junior-Lightweight Champion, will look to finally face off against Jonathan Oquendo on September 5. The fight will take place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Jamel has had a run of bad luck, but his fortunes will change for the better inside the ‘Bubble’ on September 5,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum. “Oquendo is a crafty veteran who understands this may be his last shot at a world title, and I expect him to give ‘The Fighting Marine’ one heck of a fight.”
“Semper Fi” was supposed to face Oquendo (31-6) on July 2 before initially testing positive for the coronavirus. Stating he was only 90% ready to go before the rebooked fight on July 14, the former Marine tested positive for a second time right before the fight. A few days later, Herring would provide a negative test.
Making his professional debut in 2012, Herring is currently on a five-fight win streak, winning the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title against Masayuki Ito in May 2019. He defended it in November, beating Lamont Roach Jr. via unanimous decision.
“This postponement is a blessing in disguise because I feel 10 times better than I did three weeks ago,” Herring stated. “I’m grateful to have another opportunity to get back in the ring. I’ve fully recovered from COVID-19 and I’m more than ready for anything Jonathan Oquendo brings on September 5. Our team has a great game plan and we are eager to carry it out.”
Oquendo (31-6) is 2-1 in his last three fights. The 36-year-old last fought in November, beating Charles Huerta via unanimous decision. It was a rebound following a loss to Roach in May 2019.
“I am very happy with finally getting this opportunity to challenge Herring for his world title, as the fight has been canceled twice because of COVID-19,” Oquendo stated. “We are going to win. We are in a very positive mindset. We are going to leave everything in the ring. It’s now or never. It would be a great accomplishment to become world champion at 37. That’s what we are going to do.”
Additionally, the co-feature will have Steven Nelson taking on DeAndre Ware. Nelson (16-0) last fought in January, beating Cem Kilic for the vacant WBO NABO Super-Middleweight Title. Making his debut in 2016, the 32-year-old has 13 wins via knockout. Ware (13-2-2) is 2-2 in his last four fights. His last fight was a loss to Vladimir Shishkin in August 2019.
“I’ve been training and staying ready in Omaha with my team,” Nelson stated. “Now it’s time to clock in for overtime. No audience? I don’t need cheers to do my job. I’m focused on the task at hand, which is to defeat DeAndre Ware.”
The action begins on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET, with the undercard (no fighters announced yet) set to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.