By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Jonathan Oquendo (26-4, 16KOs) picks up the biggest win of his career with an unexpected ten round majority decision over former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (58-10, 49KOs). The scores were 94-94, 95-93, 98-90. Both fighters were down in the contest.
Gonzalez, who moved up to super featherweight in search of a new title, has now lost two of three fights in 2015. He lost his WBC featherweight crown to Gary Russell Jr. in March.
Gonzalez may not have the quickest hands, but he's still one of the best one punch hitters in the sport - and he also has a very questionable chin. The unexpected loss to Oquendo, who is a blow up featherweight at best, will force him to consider the option of retirement.
He dropped Oquendo with a flash knockdown in the first round with the first shot he landed. Oquendo returned the favor by dropping Gonzalez hard at the end of the second and had the former champ in serious trouble. Gonzalez, who suffered a minor around his right eye from the assault, was able to survive. Luckily for Gonzalez, he had fully recovered by the third round.
Oquendo was pushing the action by walking Gonzalez down. Gonzalez was a little gun-shy after taking that big shot in the second and wasn't looking to engage in exchanges. Qqouendo continued to let his hands go, pushing forward and not allowing Gonzalez to plant his feet for one of his big power shots. The distance was closing in the second half when the two of them were fighting more often on the inside.
During the eight, a bad cut opened up above the left eye of Oquendo, as Gonzalez was working his way back into the fight. At the same time, Gonzalez face was falling apart from the bruising pace of the fight. They continued to trade on the inside until the final bell.