Fres Oquendo

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Fres Oquendo
Real name Fres Oquendo
Nickname(s) Fast Fres
The Big O
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Born (1973-04-01) April 1, 1973 (age 44)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 37
Wins by KO 24
Losses 8
Draws 0

Fres Oquendo (born April 1, 1973) is a Puerto Rican-American professional heavyweight boxer.

Oquendo was born in Puerto Rico, and had a successful amateur record before turning professional in 1997. Graduated from Carl Schurz High School in Chicago IL as did other well known boxers. Such as former World Champion David Díaz and boxer/referee Pete Podgorski both, who are former Schurz Bulldog graduates.

Amateur career[edit]

Oquendo had a purported 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

Professional career[edit]

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.[1]

In 2003 Oquendo came from behind to KO Maurice Harris in the 10th, setting up a shot at IBF heavyweight title holder Chris Byrd. What seemed to be a unanimous decision for Oquendo was given to Byrd with a gift decision win 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 labrum, 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 re-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 docked 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.

He fought Bruce Seldon on July 24, 2009 and defeated him by knockout in the 9th round and which Seldon took a knee in round 8 and in round 9 was knocked down and was 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 unanswered 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 record[edit]

37 Wins (24 knockouts), 8 Losses, 0 Draws[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States Shannon Briggs N/A – (12) June 3, 2017 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. For vacant WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title.
Loss 37–8 Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev MD 12 07/06/2014 Russia Grozny, Russia For vacant WBA World Heavyweight title.
Win 37–7 United States Galen Brown TKO 2 (8) 10/05/2014 United States Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 36–7 United States Derric Rossy UD 10 08/06/2013 United States Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States Retained WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title and won vacant NABA Heavyweight title.
Win 35–7 United States Robert Hawkins RTD 7 (10) 18/08/2012 United States Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 34–7 United States Joey Abell TKO 9 (10) 25/05/2012 United States Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States Won vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title.
Win 33–7 United States Travis Fulton DQ 2 (4) 03/03/2012 United States Dance Land Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, United States
Loss 32–7 United States Oliver McCall SD 12 07/12/2010 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, United States For vacant IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Loss 32–6 France Jean-Marc Mormeck UD 12 06/05/2010 France Halle Georges Carpentier, Paris, France
Win 32–5 United States Demetrice King RTD 9 (12) 20/02/2010 United States 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 United States Bruce Seldon KO 9 (10) 24/07/2009 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States Won interim NABA Heavyweight title. Seldon down in 8th & 9th rounds.
Win 30–5 United States Mark Brown TKO 3 (10) 26/06/2009 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States Retained WBC Latino Heavyweight title.
Loss 29–5 United States James Toney SD 12 13/12/2008 United States 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 United States Dominique Alexander KO 3 (8) 18/07/2008 United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 28–4 Cuba Elieser Castillo UD 10 20/07/2007 United States Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, United States Retained WBO Latino Heavyweight title & won vacant WBC Latino Heavyweight title.
Win 27–4 Cuba Damian Norris TKO 6 (10) 02/05/2007 United States Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, United States
Loss 26–4 United States Evander Holyfield UD 12 10/11/2006 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, United States For vacant USBA Heavyweight title. Oquendo down once in round 1.
Win 26–3 Mexico Javier Mora UD 10 25/05/2006 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States Won vacant WBO Latino Heavyweight title.
Win 25–3 Brazil Daniel Bispo TKO 9 (10) 16/02/2006 United States Grand Ballroom, New York, United States
Loss 24–3 United States John Ruiz TKO 11 (12) 17/04/2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, United States For WBA World Heavyweight title.
Loss 24–2 United States Chris Byrd UD 12 20/09/2003 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States For IBF Heavyweight title.
Win 24–1 United States Maurice Harris KO 10 (12) 01/03/2003 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, 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 Brazil George Arias TKO 11 (12) 14/12/2002 United States 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 New Zealand David Tua TKO 9 (12) 13/04/2002 United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States Lost NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 22–0 Nigeria David Izon TKO 3 (10) 01/12/2001 United States Jacob Javits CenterNew York, United States
Win 21–0 United States Obed Sullivan TKO 11 (12) 02/09/2001 United States Silverstar Hotel & Casino Choctaw, Mississippi, United States Won NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 20–0 United States Clifford Etienne TKO 8 (10) 23/03/2001 United States Texas Station Casino Las Vegas, 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 United States Willie Chapman KO 4 (6) 10/12/2000 United States 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 Cuba Ramón Garbey UD 10 25/06/2000 United States Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States Both fighters down.
Win 17–0 United States Dale Crowe UD 10 06/02/2000 United States Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States
Win 16–0 United States Bert Cooper UD 10 16/10/1999 United States Star Plaza Theater Merrillville, Indiana, United States
Win 15–0 United States Phil Jackson UD 10 12/09/1999 United States Harrah's Casino Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 14–0 United States Craig Payne TKO 3 (6) 10/07/1999 United States Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Illinois, United States
Win 13–0 United States Bradley Rone TKO 6 (6) 27/03/1999 United States Genesis Center Gary, Indiana, United States
Win 12–0 United States Everett Martin UD 6 20/03/1999 United States New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas, United States
Win 11–0 Nigeria Duncan Dokiwari UD 6 16/01/1999 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas, United States
Win 10–0 United States Louis Monaco PTS 6 11/12/1998 United States Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Win 9–0 United States Bruce Douglas TKO 1 (4) 13/11/1998 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, United States
Win 8–0 United States Wesley Martin TKO 1 (4) 04/09/1998 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, United States
Win 7–0 United States Val Smith TKO 2 (?) 12/06/1998 United States Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Win 6–0 Barbados Richie Brown MD 4 27/03/1999 United States Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 United States Rahman Green KO 4 (4) 27/03/1998 United States Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Green down twice in the 4th round.
Win 4–0 United States Sam Williams TKO 3 (6) 13/12/1997 United States Concord Plaza Expo Center, Northlake, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 United States Jessie Henry TKO 4 (6) 14/11/1997 United States South Padre Island, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 United States Val Smith UD 4 07/06/1997 United States Hawthorne Race Course, Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 United States Mark Johnson TKO 4 10/05/1997 United States Hawthorne Race Course, Moline, Illinois, United States


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