A Matchroom promoted card takes place at Poliforum Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico this Saturday night, and at the head of affairs, O’Shaquie Foster defends his WBC super featherweight title for the first time against Mexico City’s finest, Eduardo Hernandez.
DAZN will televise the enticing super featherweight contest between Foster and Hernandez live.
Since a couple of early-career eight round points losses, Foster (20-2, 11 KOs) has matured as a fighter, and the Texan is now unbeaten in his last ten outings.
The 30-year-old scored wins against the experienced pair of Alberto Mercado (UD10) and Miguel Roman (KO9) before upsetting Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov with a wide points win in March 2022.
That win paved the way for a shot at the WBC world title, and in a mature display back in February, ‘Ice Water’ inflicted the first defeat of Rey Vargas’ career in San Antonio, taking a clear decision win.
He now defends against a relative unknown quantity in Hernandez (34-1, 31 KOs), who hasn’t been the distance of any kind since 2014, where he took a six round points win against Felipe Zuniga.
Since then, ‘Rocky’ has only headed into the fifth round on just two occasions, his last a fifth round stoppage of Jorge Cuellar in September last year. Hernandez was last out in July, knocking Hector Montes out in three in Monterrey.
Prediction: Foster is really growing into a decent operator, and with Hernandez inexperienced at this level, the smart money is on Foster retaining his belt with a clear win on the scorecards.
Nunez meets Escandon
On the undercard, Eduardo Nunez (24-1, 24 KOs) is another big puncher in action, and the super featherweight has yet to hear the final bell in any of his 25 previous contests. The Mexican should have too much power for the faded former WBC and WBA interim world champion Oscar Escandon (27-6, 18 KOs), who has lost four of his last six, all inside schedule.
Prediction: Nunez for another knockout win is the pick.
Other undercard action
At super bantamweight, Aaron Alameda (27-2, 15 KOs) can take a points win against Christipher Lopez Rodriguez (16-0-2, 10 KOs). Alameda has only lost in good company, dropping a decision to Luis Nery for the WBC title in 2020, and taking Angelo Leo the full ten before losing a majority verdict in 2021.
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In a decent scrap at heavyweight, Australia’s Justis Huni (7-0, 4 KOs) can halt former cruiserweight world title challenger Andrew Tabiti (20-1, 16KOs).