Negrete Back at Bantam
Photo by Al Applerose
LA FIGHT CLUB – Oscar Negrete Back in Business
By Tarrah Zael
LOS ANGELES-Columbia’s Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete came back from his first loss in his career with the unanimous decision over Mexico’s Diul “Elegante” Olguin (13-10, 3 KO) in the eight-round main event of LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles on July 6th.
December 2017, he took a chance with his undefeated record in a new weight class, super bantamweight division, and lost to WBC champ Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KO). Negrete, now back as a 118-bantamweight, proved he was meant to stay in this weight class and hopes for a chance at another title shot in the future.
“…this is where I belong, and I want the opportunity”, says Negrete of his win by decision with the scores of 78-74, 79-73 twice.
Both fighters administered solid rounds, but Negrete outpointed Olguin with his power left hooks and fast overhand right. He controlled the fight by staying calm, relaxed and landing his punches effectively.
In the co-main event, southpaw Rigoberto Hermosillo (12-0-1, 9 KO) over skilled his opponent, Ernesto Guerrero (29-23, 19 KO). Guerrero wasn’t able to give any power in this fight; however, he was able to pop a straight right hand to Hermosillo that caused him to stumble backwards and be off balance.
About 2:30 into the fifth-round, Hermosillo stopped the veteran Mexican Guerrero with a clean uppercut to the chin, one that Guerrero clearly walked into. One of the many mistakes Guerrero had in the eight-round super featherweight bout.
In the television opener, it was an earlier stoppage having super welterweight Raul Curiel (4-0, 3 KO) tossing Demetrius Wilson (2-8) around the ring.
This being his first fight under superstar trainer Freddie Roach, Curiel went home with a second-round knockout as Wilson’s corner correctly stopped the fight.
It was a body shot followed with an uppercut in the second round that put Wilson to the floor. After Wilson gathered himself back up, it didn’t take long until Curiel administered many shots to his opponent forcing his corner to stop the fight at 2:13.
The first fight of the night started off with Las Vegas’ own Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (8-0-1, 5 KO) scoring the unanimous decision over Mexico’s Juan “Burbuja” Rivera (19-21, 13 KO). Southpaw Cobbs came into the ring ready to fight, right away he started throwing combinations of punches on the chin of his opponent. Although Rivera was able to land some punches on Cobbs it wasn’t enough, as the judges scored the fight at 39-37 twice and one judge 40-36 for Cobbs.