As reported late last month, Jamel Herring is once again slated to face Jonathan Oquendo on September 5th in Top Rank’s “Bubble.” This marks the third attempt to put this fight together, as Herring tested positive for COVID before planned July 2nd and July 14th dates.
“This postponement is a blessing in disguise because I feel 10 times better than I did three weeks ago,” Herring said. “I’m grateful to have another opportunity to get back in the ring. I’ve fully recovered from COVID-19, and I’m more than ready for anything Jonathan Oquendo brings on September 5. Our team has a great game plan, and we are eager to carry it out.”
“I am delighted with finally getting this opportunity to challenge Herring for his world title, as the fight has been canceled twice because of COVID-19,” Oquendo said. “At one point, I thought that maybe the battle was not going to happen, but thanks to God, we are now ready for September 5.
“We are going to win. We are in a very positive mindset. We are going to leave everything in the ring. It’s now or never. It would be a great accomplishment to become a world champion at 37. That’s what we are going to do.”
Should Herring (21-2, 10 KO) come out victorious, he’s expected to then face Carl Frampton in November assuming Frampton wins his upcoming gimme against Darren Traynor.
The co-feature sees unbeaten super middleweight Steven Nelson (16-0, 13 KO) take on ShoBox veteran DeAndre Ware (13-2-2, 8 KO). Nelson started the year strong with a stoppage of Cem Kilic on ESPN’s Joe Smith Jr.-Jesse Hart card, while Ware has a win over Ronald Ellis sandwiched between losses to Kilic and Vladimir Shishkin.
“I’ve been training and staying ready in Omaha with my team,” Nelson said. “Now it’s time to clock in for overtime. No audience? I don’t need cheers to do my job. I’m focused on the task at hand, which is to defeat DeAndre Ware.”