WBO Latino Championship: Jonathan Oquendo Shuts Out Charles Huerta at Belasco

Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo came up aces in the evening’s chief support, scoring a 10-round shutout of local spoiler Charles Huerta for the vacant WBO Jr. Lightweight title.

Scores were 100-90 across the board for Oquendo, who delivered one of the best performances of his career and with promoter and legendary former four-division champion Miguel Cotto at ringside.

Oquendo was simply the busier fighter throughout the evening, despite Huerta’s determination. The 36-year old junior lightweight established a quick pace, Huerta doing his best to keep up but his own early work causing him to tire out in the second half of the fight.

It was bad news for the local favorite, as Oquendo (31-6, 19KOs) continued to come forward. Huerta sought to work his jab but was repeatedly countered by Oquendon’s quicker and more effective right hand shots. The Puerto Rican veteran also didn’t pardon the body, prompting Huerta to gas and clinch at points in the later rounds where he was unable to clinch.

Not even the motivation from his corner insisting this was the end of his career if he lost was enough to get Huerta (21-7, 12KOs) to turn the tide. It certainly wasn’t enough to slow down Oquendo who scored with overhand rights against his retreating foe. The threat of a knockout surfaced late in the night, in large part to Huerta’s fatigue and being trapped against the ropes. Oquendo couldn’t close the show, but sealed a dominant performance in rebounding from a hard-fought loss to Lamont Roach Jr. this past May.

via Jake Donovan / BoxingScene.com