Poor Fres
By Chris Strait, SocalFightFan (Jan 6, 2009) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © German Villasenor)  
Fast Fres Oquendo has come and gone and come again and gone again from the heavyweight picture many times it seems over the last few years. It would be one thing if he was proven incapable of competing at the highest level, and was occasionally making an ill-fated comeback. However, he has always seemed so close to making it into the title picture and the big money. Very little of his failures have seemed to be his own fault.

You could make the argument that he should have gotten the decision in both the Toney and Holyfield fights, and the Byrd fight was an all out robbery. You give him those 3 decisions, and he is a millionaire former champion. One who would have likely been blasted out against one of the Klitschkos when he stepped up, yes... but you could never count him out, because he is so hard to outscore legitimately. No one has dominated him.

The same was true of Andrew Golota. Chin deficiencies, aside, name a time when either of those men were clearly outscored. For Oquendo, he was even up with Ruiz and ahead against Tua, when his vulnerability to right hands cost him dearly. I have just accounted for all five of his losses. A few slips to the left, and more powerful pormoters, he may have been looking at an entirely different career.

However, it may not be so sinister. Although he gets an unfair shake when matched up against bigger names, it may be that the same style which makes him awkward, also seems to fool the judges. It's a shame, because the skills are definitely there. Even now, he surely deserves a title shot more than David Haye, Juan Carlos Gomez, or (you've got to be kidding me) Carl Davis Drumond!.

Chris Strait

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