The day of this Jamel Herring-Jonathan Oquendo weigh-in was a lot less eventful than the last one.
Herring and Oquendo, whose fight has been postponed twice, made weight Friday afternoon in Las Vegas for their 12-round, 130-pound title fight Saturday night. As long as Herring and Oquendo pass their final COVID-19 tests, which were administered after the weigh-in, they’ll finally fight for Herring’s WBO junior lightweight title at MGM Grand Conference Center.
Cincinnati’s Herring officially weighed 129.5 pounds for a fight ESPN+ will stream as the main event of an eight-bout card. Puerto Rico’s Oquendo was 129.6 pounds when he stepped on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s scale.
Herring-Oquendo was postponed from July 2 to July 14 when it was revealed June 23 that Herring had tested positive for COVID-19. Their fight was delayed a second time July 13, the day Herring and Oquendo were supposed to weigh-in, because Herring failed another COVID-19 test.
The 34-year-old Herring (21-2, 10 KOs), who served two tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine, is regularly listed as a 16-1 favorite to defeat the 37-year-old Oquendo (31-6, 19 KOs). Oquendo is the WBO’s 12th-ranked contender for Herring’s title.
Moments earlier Friday, Steven Nelson and DeAndre Ware were on weight for their 10-round super middleweight match Saturday night.
Nelson, 32, came in at 167.6 pounds. Ware, who is also 32, officially weighed 168 pounds.
The battle between Nelson (16-0, 13 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, and Ware (13-2-2, 8 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, will start shortly after 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The weights for the six remaining bouts on the Herring-Oquendo undercard are listed below. The show will start on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m.
Jesse Rodriguez (11-0, 7 KOs), San Antonio, 109.2 pounds vs. Janiel Rivera (18-6-3, 11 KOs), Catano, Puerto Rico, 109.3 pounds, 8 rounds, flyweights.
Jared Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs), Toledo, Ohio, 247.2 pounds vs. Rodney Hernandez (13-9-2, 4 KOs), Modesto, California, 255.2 pounds, 6 rounds, heavyweights.
D’Andre Smith (8-0, 5 KOs), Decatur, Georgia, 147.4 pounds vs. Benjamin Whitaker (13-4, 3 KOs), San Antonio, 149.8 pounds, 6 rounds, junior middleweights.
Ruben Cervera (12-2, 10 KOs), Santa Marta, Colombia, 130.3 pounds vs. Rennard Oliver (7-2-3, 0 KOs), New Orleans, 130.5 pounds, 6 rounds, junior lightweights.
Edward Vazquez (7-0, 1 KO), Fort Worth, Texas, 127.3 pounds vs. Adan Ochoa (11-1, 4 KOs), Los Angeles, 127.1 pounds, 6 rounds, junior lightweights.
Rashiem Jefferson (1-0, 0 KOs), Philadelphia, 125 pounds vs. Jose Martinez (2-1, 1 KOs), Los Angeles, 125.1 pounds, 4 rounds, featherweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.