Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo will travel to Las Vegas this Wednesday, with one goal: to return to Puerto Rico with the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt in his hands.
The Puerto Rican boxer will go into the ring on Saturday night to challenge Jamel Herring at the MGM Grand Conference Center. The fight has been postponed twice due to Herring testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“I feel happy because the wait is over. I am in the best condition of my career, so there are no excuses. The delays came in handy because I was able to do more sparring since we know that I will have a great challenge in front of me," Oquendo told Carlos Gonzalez.
Oquendo (31-6, 19 KOs) is not concerned about the possibility of a third postponement.
“We have faith that the fight will happen. Herring is being watched constantly. I took the tests, I have been successful and I understand that, if for some reason it had to be canceled, they would have notified us. The important thing is that Herring's team has been monitoring it, so we know that we are going to fight,” Oquendo said.
Herring (21-2, 10 KOs) has big fights on the horizon if he beats Oquendo.
“If Herring wants to fight Frampton, he will have to step over me first and I am confident that I will be victorious. Herring is a fast boxer who tries to place the punches and avoids receiving by keeping his distance, but I have the hunger to be a champion, so he will have to take care of it," said Oquendo.