After the third round, Oquendo started to warm up and find his range. In rounds four through seven, Oquendo started using very good head and feet movement along with feints, which seemed to confuse Rossy. This paved the way for Oquendo to land his jab, causing blood flow from his opponent’s nose. Rossy never gave up, continuing to fight back for the rest of the bout, though he was constantly in reverse trying to avoid getting KO’ed.
In rounds seven through nine, Oquendo started landing clean uppercuts and left hooks at will, seemingly taking the steam out of Rossy. Once Oquendo smelled blood in the water, he caught his opponent with mostly power shots and a stiff jab. Rossy’s face showed the effects of the pounding Oquendo dished out in the second half of the fight. In round 10, this writer was impressed with the resonant conditioning of both fighters. Oquendo landed a few hard uppercuts and overhand rights clean throughout the round but Rossy still showed no quit and continued fighting back till the last bell. The three judges at ringside scored the bout 97-93 (twice) and 98-92, a unanimous decision nod for Oquendo.
Rossy has skills and heart and Windy City area fight fans look forward to seeing him again soon. I heard through the grapevine that Tomasz Adamek may be next for Oquendo, so stay tuned.
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