The fight didn't live up to the higher hopes for action, but Argentina's Jesus Cuellar retained his WBA "world" featherweight title with a fairly dreary decision win over Puerto Rico's Jonathan Oquendo tonight on Showtime, winning on scores of 116-111, 116-111, and 120-107 at the Barclays Center. BLH leaned toward the far end of those scores, also giving Cuellar a shutout, 120-107.
Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO) controlled the fight fairly handily, clearly displaying more power than Oquendo (26-5, 16 KO), who never really threatened to win the fight. Oquendo, 32, had some moments here and there, and moved quite well to stay out of Cuellar's POWERZONE, as I have taken to calling it just now, but he only seemed to really bother Cuellar twice, both on a couple of quick counter left hooks that caught Cuellar lunging.
Cuellar, 28, outworked Oquendo and kept a good punch output through the 12 rounds, and even when he didn't do anything special -- which frankly was almost all of this fight -- he was the one leading the action and making the fight go. For that alone, it was hard to go against him in really any of the rounds, with Oquendo only seeming to even have an argument in a handful at best.
Cuellar did officially score a knockdown in round four, though replays showed it was probably more of a slip situation.