O'Shaquie Foster defeats Jon Fernandez by unanimous decision
By Joel Tavizon Jr. | Contributing Writer
Published: September 24, 2018
On a great night of boxing at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma, O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster (14-2-0-8ko's) handed Jon "Jonfer" Fernandez (16-1-0-14ko's) in an impressive way ending up with the decision win taking the WBC Silver Super Featherweight Title home. Fernandez was coming into this fight with a good looking resume having stopped 14 out of his 16 opponents before facing Foster with 10 of them having winning records. This was Fernandez's 4th time-fighting in the United States looking to put his talent on display on Shobox television. Foster was coming into this fight to prove a point and to pull off the upset victory in which he was successful doing so even after having two losses on his record.
The first round started off slow with both fighters going back and forth with jabs until the round ended. Fernandez attempted to land a few big shots but missed all of them. In the second round, both fighters started off more active with Foster making Fernandez miss and pay. Foster moved in and out picking his shots with precision. Foster did not let Fernandez land anything back, it was clear Foster controlled and won the round.
By the third and fourth rounds, it was clear Foster had found the key to give Fernandez problems and that was to pick his shots, land them, and move out of the way before Fernandez had time to react. Foster was starting to control the fight while Fernandez had trouble having luck only landing a few punches. "Try a little harder this time, keep picking him apart" is what Foster's corner told him in between the third and fourth rounds. Fernandez's corner, on the other hand, looked a bit worried in hopes of changing things around.
It took six rounds before there were signs of Foster finally slowing down at the beginning of the round while still seeming to have the fight controlled. Fernandez tried taking advantage of a slower Foster backing him up and being successful landing a good amount of punches. Just a few seconds before the round ended, Foster took a hard right hook by Fernandez that rocked him and made his legs stumble, luckily the bell rung and saved him. Between round seven and eight Fernandez's corner spoke to him telling him "We're down three rounds maybe." Foster had started moving less, and at a couple of times during the round, he stood in front of Fernandez trading shots with him. Foster landed the cleaner shots inside, but it was noticeable that Fernandez had started to become a bit more urgent and aggressive in the last remaining rounds of the fight.
The tenth and final round finally came, and it was crowd-pleasing. In the last minute of the fight, both fighters stood and threw bombs at each other until the final bell rang in a final round that could've gone either way. All three judges had the fight 98-92 in favor of Foster who also won the WBC Silver Super Featherweight Title. Fernandez acknowledged his defeat by applauding at Foster right as he was announced the winner. Foster now moves on to better things after winning the title while Fernandez goes back to the drawing board still early in his career.
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