Jon Fernandez headlines ShoBox Friday in step-up bout
Jon Fernandez, the Spanish super featherweight managed by future hall of fame middleweight Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and signed to Lou DiBella’s DiBella Promotions returns on Friday night on ShoBox: The Next Generation, against O’Shaquie Foster in a ten-round televised main event from the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Fernandez, an awkward upright power puncher is looking to find himself in a world title shot sooner rather than later as he is currently ranked ninth by the World Boxing Council and holds the WBC silver super featherweight title. The 23-year-old who boasts a record of 16 wins with 14 by way of knockout is now facing his toughest fight to date in Foster, a fighter with a deep amateur background, his concept of movement and dimensions that Hernandez hasn’t seen until this point as a professional.
Fernandez made a stunning ShoBox debut when his opponent Juan Reyes stood in front of him, something you shouldn’t do, and Fernandez showed why his power is fact and not fiction as he put his opponent away.
One of Fernandez’s biggest attributes is his size for the weight class as at 5’11”, Fernandez appears to make a dramatic sacrifice to make the 130 lbs. limit, albeit young age might help as well.
Fernandez, who carries a major world ranking by a sanctioning body ranking higher than higher profile fighters such as Ryan Garcia, Andy Vences, Erick De Leon amongst others, this fight on Friday night will be a chance for Fernandez to show his rating and to make a case to fight the best in the division with a dominant performance against a proven, tough fighter.
Up until this point, Fernandez has looked good, but been moved well, facing limited opposition that shows off his best traits, size, and power.
Fernandez is a very young fighter with traits of a great fighter, who could develop into a special fighter, but at such a young age, doesn’t need to be rushed. Fernandez’s Friday night televised fight will create a baseline of expectations for him going forward for the next year or so.