Yesterday Showtime announced that Jesus Cuellar and Jonathan Oquendo will be going head-to-head at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, December 5th. The fight will be a co-feature to the headlining fight of Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) vs. Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs).
Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs), a secondary titleholder, will be making his second defense while riding a 10-fight win streak that included him sending Juan Manuel Lopez into retirement, and most recently knocking out Vic Darchinyan this past June.
"I am glad to be defending my world title once again this year against a solid fighter like Jonathan Oquendo, who is fresh off a great win over Jhonny Gonzalez," Cuellar said. "Oquendo comes forward all the time, so it will be a war. It will be a great card in the borough of Brooklyn and on Showtime, so I have to deliver a great show. I have to get a big win so that I can get [world titleholder] Leo Santa Cruz in the ring with me."
Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs), for his part, is coming off a majority decision victory against Jhonny Gonzalez on the Mayweather-Berto undercard.
"I'm very happy about this opportunity because it is my first world title fight and I'm going to fight in New York for the first time in my career with the support of all the Puerto Ricans there," said Oquendo, who has won 12 of his last 14 fights. "After my victory over Jhonny Gonzalez, I rested several days and then started training for this important fight. I know that Cuellar beat Juanma Lopez, and I want to avenge my friend and fellow Puerto Rican's loss. I'm training hard to become the next world champion for Puerto Rico."
I get the whole nationalistic pride thing but the man he says he wants to avenge, Juan Manuel Lopez, happened to knock him out in three rounds during their own 2008 meeting. It doesn't appear he'll get the chance to redeem that loss though.