O’Shaquie Foster (21-2, 12 KOs) successfully defended his WBC featherweight title with a twelfth round stoppage victory over Eduardo Hernández (34-2, 31 KOs). Referee Hector Afu stepped in to halt the bout with only 22 seconds remaining in the final round. The fight headlines a Matchroom Boxing event at the Polifórum Benito Juárez in Cancún, México. DAZN broadcasted the event live around the world.
In the opening round, Foster moved along the ropes while Hernández chased him around the fairly small ring. Due to the ring’s size, Foster had limited space to box and move. However, he was able to land clean counters. The ring’s size also made it easier for Hernández to walk down Foster and hit him with clean power shots. This was the case for the majority of the very physical bout.
In round four, a clash of heads caused a cut just beside the right eye of Hernández. Foster switched to the southpaw stance in the sixth round and began having more success. Hernández came back in the final minute of that round by throwing and landing a barrage of punches. Foster then switched back to orthodox at the beginning of round seven until round ten.
In round eight, Hernández began fighting with his hands by his side, bobbing and weaving his head. There were times in rounds eight and nine where Foster was the one pressing forward, rather than Hernández who had been doing so earlier in the clash. Hernández resumed pressing forward in round ten.
With more than two minutes to go in round 11, Foster visibly stunned Hernández with a series of left hands in the southpaw stance. Despite being very dazed, Hernández was able to come back strongly and stun Foster in turn. The two then proceeded to trade leather for the remainder of the round.
Following that brutal round, Foster finished the fight strongly. He dropped Hernández twice in round 12 and continued hitting him with power shots until referee Afu halted the bout. At the time of the stoppage, scores were 106-103 for Foster and 107-102 and a bizzare 110-99 for Hernández.
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Foster-Hernández undercard results
In a ten-round heavyweight clash, Justis Huni (8-0, 4 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Andrew Tabiti (20-2, 16 KOs). Scores were 100-90 and 98-92 (x2).
Eduardo Núnez (25-1, 25 KOs) knocked out Oscar Escandon (27-7, 18 KOs) with a right hand in a ten-round super featherweight bout. The time of stoppage was just 38 seconds into round two.
Opening the televised portion of the card was an eight-round super welterweight clash between Javid Ramírez (11-0, 5 KOs) and José Rosas (4-3, 3 KOs, 1 NC). Ramírez was the victor as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at the 1:08 mark of round eight.