Oquendo Rejects Lomachenko Fight on October 12th

By Rey Colon

Jonathan Oquendo (23-3, 16 KO's) is not going forward with a planned fight on October 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with two-time Olympic gold medalist, Vasyl Lomachenko, who will be making his professional debut. The Puerto Rican boxer says his left hand is injured and the money being offered was very low. The match was slated to be part of the Timothy Bradly-Juan Manuel Marquez HBO Pay-Per-View from the Thomas & Mack Center.

"I will not [go forward] for two reasons. First, I have an injury to one of my knuckles on the left hand and I've lost a couple of weeks of my training. Besides, the economic part is not the best. I did not like it. For that kind of  the money a monkey would dance. He had everything against me. I would have to win by knockout because they were going to give the decision to him. I was going in there as a stepping stone. The kid may be a little star but not invincible," Oquendo said.

Oquendo said he learned from his mistake against Wilfredo 'Papito' Vazquez, the former WBO super bantamweight champion, when he went forward without proper training.

"I knew I did not have the proper training. I accepted the fight and lost. From this I learned a lot. If I'm not ready physically, I will not fight. If I learned anything from the fight with Vazquez, when something affects you in training then you should not be taking a fight," Oquendo said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Koba-Grozny on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=bbernbox;13712622]Lomachenko is impressive, great hand speed, and the dude has very crafty footwork. If a fight with nonito falls through for evgeny , wonder if they think about making lomachenko-gradovich[/QUOTE] Could work down the line, but for now there's no…

Comment by bbernbox on 09-05-2013

Lomachenko is impressive, great hand speed, and the dude has very crafty footwork. If a fight with nonito falls through for evgeny , wonder if they think about making lomachenko-gradovich

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 09-04-2013

Doesn't matter, WBO is trying to build Lomachenko into its next flagship star, expect a win here, a title shot next fight, and BOOM! the earliest titlist ever, boxing history with the WBO co-starring. Basically Lomachenko could go in dry…

Comment by JD88 on 09-04-2013

Seems that the era of Puertorricans with cojones is over!!!!!! Only Martínez is the only one...

Comment by Levity on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=ayo';13710933][LIST=1] [/LIST]Lomachenko will beat Ramirez... again[/QUOTE] He will beat a Ramirez again, but it's not the Jose Ramirez he beat in the amateurs.

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