29 Facts About Fres Oquendo


Fres Oquendo was born on April 1,1973 and is a Puerto Rican professional heavyweight boxer.


Fres Oquendo had a successful amateur record before turning professional in 1997.


Fres Oquendo has challenged three times for world heavyweight titles.


In 2002, while at his peak, Oquendo took on David Tua.


Fres Oquendo controlled the fight until the 9th round when Tua caught him with a series of heavy blows causing the fight to be stopped.


Fres Oquendo was noticeably unsteady on his feet after the stoppage and had to hold the top rope to stay upright.


In 2003, Fres Oquendo came from behind to KO Maurice Harris in the 10th, setting up a shot at IBF heavyweight title holder Chris Byrd.


In 2004, Fres Oquendo got another shot at a belt against WBA heavyweight title holder John Ruiz, losing by TKO in round 11.


Fres Oquendo then took 2 years off for surgery to repair a torn lab-rum, returning early 2006.


Fres Oquendo almost called off the fight as suggested by the UCLA Medical Center due to tonsillitis and strep-throat but decided to fight anyway.


Fres Oquendo again gained the WBC-WBO Latino belt in 2007, after defeating Dominique Alexander then following it up with a win against Cuban Elisier Castillo.


In late 2008, Fres Oquendo lost a fight to James Toney on December 13, by split decision.


Fres Oquendo was deducted a point in the 8th round for a questionable rabbit punch, and the fight was labeled the robbery of the year.


Fres Oquendo was seen as winning by Versus viewers and by all press row.


Fres Oquendo fought Bruce Seldon on July 24,2009 in a Regional Title bout which was officiated by fellow Carl Schurz High School Graduate, Alma Mater, World Class referee Pete Podgorski.


Fres Oquendo defeated Seldon by knockout in the 9th round in a bout which Seldon took a knee in round 8 and in round 9 was knocked down and counted out.


Fres Oquendo then fought former champion Jean-Marc Mormeck and lost in a fight that Dan Rafael called candidate for "robbery of the year".


Fres Oquendo then fought former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in another split decision loss in December 2010.


In 2011, Fres Oquendo has remained dormant choosing to help prepare former WBA champion David Haye at the World Famous Angelo Dundee's 5th St Gym, where he himself trains, then fly to Austria to help WBC champion Vitali Klitschko prepare for his victory over Tomasz Adamek in Poland.


Fres Oquendo is a 2 time World title Challenger and has been ranked as high as number 3 in Ring Magazine.


In 2012, Fres Oquendo made his return to the ring with a 2nd round DQ, against World Record holder Travis Fulton.


Fres Oquendo broke Fulton's nose in the 1st round and preceded to land un-answered punches.


In round 2, although Fulton was game, Fres Oquendo proved too much for the experienced boxer.


Fres Oquendo had two consecutive win in 2012, one against Joey Abell to win the WBA Fedelatin Championship via TKO and followed up by a stoppage of veteran Robert Hawkins.


Fres Oquendo broke his hand in the 3rd round, yet still managed to stop the tough and durable Hawkins.


Fres Oquendo fought June 8,2013 to defend his WBA Fedelatin and fight for the NABA and WBC US Silver belt.


Fres Oquendo began training and expected to have a great 2014 hopefully fighting for the WBA World Championship, the WBC World Championship or the WBC World Cup Tournament where he would represent his division and country.


On June 7,2014, Fres Oquendo fought former champion Ruslan Chagaev, for the vacant WBA regular world heavyweight title.


In September 2018, Fres Oquendo was slated to fight Manuel Charr for the WBA heavyweight title, but the fight was called off after Charr tested positive for a banned substance.