By Jason Ford at ringside
Two-time world heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (32-5, 21 KOs) moved closer to earning another title shot with an impressive TKO over the usually very durable Demetrice King (15-18, 13 KOs) this past Saturday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Oquendo, the NABA champion and ranked #14 by the IBF, captured the vacant USBA title with his victory over King.
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Oquendo came out fast in the opening round working behind his jab and establishing his range while King moved around the ring throwing a few punches.
In round two, both fighters threw bombs trying to end the night early. Oquendo dropped King with a heavy right hand late in the round but King recovered quickly and exchanged even more shots before the bell rung.
Oquendo continued to control the action throughout the middle rounds landing the cleaner shots and being a bit busier than his opponent. King’s eye and face begun to swell from the constant attack of Oquendo as the contest progressed into the late rounds.
Oquendo continued his game plan of wearing down his opponent while staying out of range of the heavy-handed King. Oquendo was able to move in-and-out landing lightning combinations and body shots as King continued to advance.
By the ninth round, the visibly fatigued King was barely able to fend off or block the attack of Oquendo. Oquendo kept the pressure on and was able to land his punches at will by the end of the round. The exhausted King accepted defeat on his stool and did not come out for round ten.
Oquendo retained his NABA title with his victory plus he captured the vacant the USBA title.
“I stopped a 25 year old lion,” said the 36-year old Oquendo. “I took him into deep waters and got the win. My body feels great! My nutrition is everything and that’s why I looked good tonight against a younger guy!”
“I would like to fight either of the Klitschko brothers or David Haye,” continued Oquendo. “I just want a shot! I want to thank God and all of my fans and my team members!”
Oquendo also wanted the fans to know that he is starting a program in Chicago to help kids learn boxing which he hopes will help them stay fit and become good leaders in the community.
Cruiserweight Terry Martin (4-0) knocked out Rodell Bolar (0-3) at 1:20 of the first round.
Light heavyweight Derek Zugic (2-0, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Nathan Wilkes (2-19-1, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
In welterweight action, Johnny Lewus (23-4, 19 KOs) stopped Rodney Freeman (5-14, 3 KOs) at 2:51 of the first round.
In a battle of heavyweights – with both making their pro debut – Krzysztof Simnoch destroyed Keon Graham at 2:47 of the opening stanza.
Welterweight Achour Esho (7-0, 5 KOs) displayed good movement and a high punch output to score an impressive decision over veteran Marteze Logan (26-42-2, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the contest at 60-54.
“Fight Night at the Horseshoe” was promoted by Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing. “Fres is on his way to another title shot and this time he will win the championship,” said Hitz, himself a former heavyweight. “Fres stopped a fighter tonight who has only been stopped once before. Chicago loves Fres and I promises that we will be back soon!”
Former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas was the special guest of honor at ringside.