Fres Oquendo (born April 1, 1973) is a professional heavyweight boxer. He has challenged three times for world heavyweight titles.
|Real name||Fres Oquendo|
The Big O
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Born||April 1, 1973|
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Wins by KO||24|
Oquendo was born in Puerto Rico, and had a successful amateur record before turning professional in 1997.
He had an amateur record of 105-5 1990 178 lb. Springfield Golden Gloves Champion 1992 178 lb. Chicago City Golden Glove Champion 1993 Chicago City Golden Glove 201 lb.+ Super Heavyweight Champion 1993 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion 1995 Chicago City Golden Glove 201 lb.+ Super Heavyweight Champion
Known as "Fast Fres" and "The Big O", Oquendo won his first 22 professional bouts, including impressive victories over Duncan Dokiwari, Bert Cooper, Clifford Etienne, David Izon, and Obed Sullivan. In 2002, while at his peak, Oquendo took on David Tua. Oquendo controlled the fight until the 9th round when Tua caught him with a series of heavy blows causing the fight to be stopped. Oquendo was noticeably unsteady on his feet after the stoppage and had to hold the top rope to stay upright.
In 2003 Oquendo came from behind to KO Maurice Harris in the 10th, setting up a shot at IBF heavyweight title holder Chris Byrd. In a close fight, Byrd won a decision to keep his IBF belt. In 2004, Oquendo got another shot at a belt against WBA heavyweight title holder John Ruiz, losing by TKO in round 11. Oquendo then took 2 years off for surgery to repair a torn lab-rum, returning early 2006. Quick wins against Brazilian champ Daniel Bispo and then Javier Mora set up a fight against Evander Holyfield, which Holyfield won by unanimous decision on November 10, 2006 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Oquendo almost called off the fight as suggested by the UCLA Medical Center due to tonsillitis and strep-throat but decided to fight anyway.
He then once a gain gained the WBC-WBO Latino belts in 2007, after defeating Dominique Alexander then following it up with a win against the never stopped granite chin Cuban Elisier Castillo. In a grueling ESPN bout in Miami Florida in 120 degree heat Oquendo out lasted the charging Cuban.
In late 2008, Oquendo lost a fight to James Toney on December 13, by split decision. He was deducted a point in the 8th round for a questionable rabbit punch, and the fight was labeled the robbery of the year. Oquendo was seen as winning by Versus viewers and by all press row. Versus analysts 115-113 & 116-112 respectively and compubox numbers overwhelmingly favored Oquendo.
Fres fought Bruce Seldon on July 24, 2009 in a Regional Title bout which was officiated by fellow Schurz High School Graduate, Alma Mater World Class referee Pete Podgorski. Oquendo defeated Seldon by knockout in the 9th round in a bout which Seldon took a knee in round 8 and in round 9 was knocked down and counted out. In 2010 Oquendo became only the 2nd man in 35 Pro fights to stop Demetrice King and gain the USBA & NABA titles. He then fought former champion Jean-Marc Mormeck and lost in a fight that Dan Rafael called candidate for "robbery of the year". Oquendo then fought former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in another split decision loss in December 2010.
In 2011 Oquendo has remained dormant choosing to help prepare former WBA champion David Haye at the World Famous Angelo Dundee's 5th St. Gym, where he himself trains, then fly to Austria to help WBC champion Vitali Klitschko prepare for his victory over Tomasz Adamek in Poland.
As of June 2011 Fres has more rounds boxed as a Heavyweight than any of the 3 Heavyweight Champions and all of the top 10 Heavyweights in all 4 major governing bodies and is the only heavyweight in history to hold the USBA, NABA, NABF, WBC, WBA & WBO Latino belts. He is a 2 time World title Challenger and has been ranked as high as number 3 in Ring Magazine.
In 2012 Fres made his return to the ring with a 2nd round DQ, (originally scored a TKO) against World Record holder Travis Fulton. Oquendo broke Fulton's nose in the 1st round and preceded to land un-answered punches. In round 2, although Fulton was game, Oquendo proved too much for the experienced boxer. An MMA takedown of Oquendo and excessive holding Fulton finally succumbed to Oquendo's arsenal. It was all over when the Ref waved it off. Fulton thanked Oquendo for the opportunity and was full of complements quoting "You were just too fast and too strong". Oquendo answered with a "Thank you for fighting me and you are very very tough!".
Oquendo had two consecutive win in 2012, one against Joey Abell to win the WBA Fedelatin Championship via TKO and followed up by a stoppage of veteran Robert Hawkins. Oquendo broke his hand in the 3rd round, yet still managed to stop the tough and durable Hawkins. Oquendo fought June 8, 2013 to defend his WBA Fedelatin and also fight for the NABA and WBC US Silver belt. In a tough fight against a durable Derric Rossy, Oquendo slipped and tore his meniscus in round 3 and fought 7 rounds with little movement. The fight was close as Rossy seemed to take Oquendo's best shots and give back as much. When the decision came in Oquendo got the nod in a fight he had to show heart fighting injured. He is currently ranked #5 in the world. He has currently began training and expects to have a great 2014 hopefully fighting for the WBA World Championship, the WBC World Championship or the WBC World Cup Tournament where he will represent his division and country.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|37 Wins (24 knockouts), 8 Losses, 0 Draws |
|Loss||37–8||Ruslan Chagaev||MD||12||07/06/2014||Grozny, Russia||For vacant WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title.|
|Win||37–7||Galen Brown||TKO||2 (8)||10/05/2014||Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||36–7||Derric Rossy||UD||10||08/06/2013||Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States||Retained WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title and won vacant NABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||35–7||Robert Hawkins||RTD||7 (10)||18/08/2012||Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||34–7||Joey Abell||TKO||9 (10)||25/05/2012||Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States||Won vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title.|
|Win||33–7||Travis Fulton||DQ||2 (4)||03/03/2012||Dance Land Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||32–7||Oliver McCall||SD||12||07/12/2010||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, United States||For vacant IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||32–6||Jean-Marc Mormeck||UD||12||06/05/2010||Halle Georges Carpentier, Paris, France|
|Win||32–5||Demetrice King||RTD||9 (12)||20/02/2010||Horseshoe Hammond, Hammond, Indiana, United States||King did not come out at the bell for the 10th round. Retained NABA Heavyweight title & won vacant USBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||31–5||Bruce Seldon||KO||9 (10)||24/07/2009||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States||Won interim NABA Heavyweight title. Seldon down in 8th & 9th rounds. Referee:Pete Podgorski|
|Win||30–5||Mark Brown||TKO||3 (10)||26/06/2009||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States||Retained WBC Latino Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||29–5||James Toney||SD||12||13/12/2008||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States||For vacant IBA & WBO NABO Heavyweight titles. Oquendo lost point in 8th round for rabbit punch.|
|Win||29–4||Dominique Alexander||KO||3 (8)||18/07/2008||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–4||Elieser Castillo||UD||10||20/07/2007||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, United States||Retained WBO Latino Heavyweight title & won vacant WBC Latino Heavyweight title.|
|Win||27–4||Damian Norris||TKO||6 (10)||02/05/2007||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||26–4||Evander Holyfield||UD||12||10/11/2006||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States||For vacant USBA Heavyweight title. Oquendo down once in round 1.|
|Win||26–3||Javier Mora||UD||10||25/05/2006||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||Won vacant WBO Latino Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–3||Daniel Bispo||TKO||9 (10)||16/02/2006||Grand Ballroom, New York, New York, United States|
|Loss||24–3||John Ruiz||TKO||11 (12)||17/04/2004||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||For WBA World Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||24–2||Chris Byrd||UD||12||20/09/2003||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||For IBF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–1||Maurice Harris||KO||10 (12)||01/03/2003||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Harris was knocked down in 4th & 10th rounds. Harris was ahead on all the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.|
|Win||23–1||George Arias||TKO||11 (12)||14/12/2002||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won vacant WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title. Arias cut over right eye and referee stops contest.|
|Loss||22–1||David Tua||TKO||9 (12)||13/04/2002||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States||Lost NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||22–0||David Izon||TKO||3 (10)||01/12/2001||Jacob Javits CenterNew York, New York, United States|
|Win||21–0||Obed Sullivan||TKO||11 (12)||02/09/2001||Silverstar Hotel & Casino Choctaw, Mississippi, United States||Won NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Clifford Etienne||TKO||8 (10)||23/03/2001||Texas Station Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Etienne knocked down seven times, all by overhand rights: three times in the 1st round, once in the 2nd, once in the 3rd, once in the 7th and once in the 8th round.|
|Win||19–0||Willie Chapman||KO||4 (6)||10/12/2000||Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States||Chapman down in 2nd & 3rd rounds. Chapman was dropped for the count in round 4 from a right uppercut-left hook combination.|
|Win||18–0||Ramon Garbey||UD||10||25/06/2000||Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States||Both fighters down.|
|Win||17–0||Dale Crowe||UD||10||06/02/2000||Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States|
|Win||16–0||Bert Cooper||UD||10||16/10/1999||Star Plaza Theater Merrillville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||15–0||Phil Jackson||UD||10||12/09/1999||Harrah's Casino Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||14–0||Craig Payne||TKO||3 (6)||10/07/1999||Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States|
|Win||13–0||Bradley Rone||TKO||6 (6)||27/03/1999||Genesis Center Gary, Indiana, United States|
|Win||12–0||Everett Martin||UD||6||20/03/1999||New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–0||Duncan Dokiwari||UD||6||16/01/1999||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–0||Louis Monaco||PTS||6||11/12/1998||Pueblo, Colorado, United States|
|Win||9–0||Bruce Douglas||TKO||1 (4)||13/11/1998||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–0||Wesley Martin||TKO||1 (4)||04/09/1998||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||7–0||Val Smith||TKO||2 (?)||12/06/1998||Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||Richie Brown||MD||4||27/03/1998||Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–0||Rahman Green||KO||4 (4)||27/03/1998||Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Green down twice in the 4th round.|
|Win||4–0||Sam Williams||TKO||3 (6)||13/12/1997||Concord Plaza Expo Center, Northlake, Illinois, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jessie Henry||TKO||4 (6)||14/11/1997||South Padre Island, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0||Val Smith||UD||4||07/06/1997||Hawthorne Race Course, Cicero, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mark Johnson||TKO||4||10/05/1997||Hawthorne Race Course, Moline, Illinois, United States|