For Detroit bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn, it had been a half-year of frustrating inactivity and two cancelled fights before finally getting into the ring last night and getting some much-needed work against a tough, meaningful opponent, Nick Otieno, 31-13, Kenya, who steadily moved forward and made O’Quinn, 8-0-1, work for his six-round win last night at Warren, Michigan’s DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center
The sometimes flashy O’Quinn has pretty good sock for a bantamweight, and that’s saying something because you could probably name big-punching bantamweights on one hand of a first-baseman’s mitt. Otieno has never been stopped and he never stopped coming; O’Quinn’s promoter, Dimitri Salita, helped with the promotion that was mainly Tuong Vi Tran’s Second 2 None show. And while O’Quinn won overwhelmingly on the cards (all three 60-53) and even scored a knockdown (Otieno has never been stopped), the contest was competitive throughout. O’Quinn, who had hoped to be fighting eights by now, may have one more six-rounder before moving to eights.
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The highlight of the evening for this reporter was the return of Joseph Bonas, 149, who, because of his long layoff, was matched with an outgunned pro-debut boxer, John Hicks, Atlanta, with the result being a 55-second kayo that left Hicks staggered and confused, probably never to return. Bonas, 3-0, does not play. As in his pro-debut three years ago, brushes past upright gloves and goes for the kill. Last night, sporting Kronk regalia and trained by Sugar Hill Steward, Bonas dropped a couple of straight rights down the pike and it was all over.
In a featured bout, Geith Muhammad, Detroit, 3-0, bested Chuck Jatmon, 3-1, in four rounds, with Muhammad scoring one knockdown and staggering Jatmon several times. Five other bouts of varying quality and competitiveness entertained a near-sellout. Another card is planned for sometime in May.