O’Shaquie Foster Stops Eduardo Hernandez In The 12th Round To Avoid A Massive Upset
In some latest boxing news, O’Shaquie Foster, the WBC super featherweight champion, stopped Eduardo Hernandez in the final round to retain his title as a loss looked likely.
Foster was up against his mandatory, who proved to be a stern test as the champion left it late to get the win. At the time of the stoppage, the clock read 2:38 in the final round as Foster survived a massive scare.
Hernandez Starts Well
Hernandez started the bout well by closing the distance to push the champion on the back foot. That was accompanied by a higher work rate as Foster was caught off guard.
As the fight progressed, a clash of heads resulted in a cut over the right eye of Hernandez in the first sign of danger for the challenger in round four.
Foster Fights Back
Thereafter, Foster switched from orthodox to southpaw as the champion found his groove. Despite having a successful sixth round, Hernandez fought back with a flurry of punches, which resulted in Foster going back to orthodox in round seven.
In the eighth round, Hernandez took his foot off the gas by dropping his hands to conserve the energy that had been expended in the earlier rounds.
While that may have been the case, the challenger increased the pace in the tenth. But that ended up costing the fighter. In the 11th round, the champion landed an uppercut on Hernandez who staggered back.
The latter, however, returned fire with a right hand to the head as both boxers exchanged. But it all came to a head in the final round.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) October 29, 2023
Foster sent Hernandez to the canvas on two occasions as the referee stopped the fight. At the time of the stoppage, Hernandez was ahead on two cards: 106-103 (Foster) 107-102 and 110-99 (Hernandez).
The win keeps Foster’s hope of a unification with either Joe Cordina or Edward Vazquez who will face off against each other.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) October 29, 2023
“I want the winner of [Joe] Cordina and Edward [Vazquez] next week. I’ve proven I’ll go anywhere. The ring don’t change,” Foster
Social Media Reaction
Great fight right down to the end.Shock pulled it out at the end
— Evins Tobler (@EvinsTobler1) October 29, 2023
Great fight! Round 11 was round of the year in my book! Great win by Foster
— The Parry (@TheParry101) October 29, 2023
This is one of the best fights I’ve seen in years. Rocky looked done the previous round, came back to hurt Foster, but it seemed that the damage was done, and even as gritty as Rocky was in the 12th, Foster tasted blood and took it. Mighty impressive.
— MavFalco16 (@CaribSaint) October 29, 2023