Saul Sanchez Rocks Jarico O’Quinn’s World in a Devastating Knockout Victory
A key 10-round bantamweight contest happens between Jarico O’Quinn and Saul Sanchez at the Central Park Community Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It’s a match featuring fighters on the cusp of taking their careers to the next level.
O’Quinn has a storied amateur pedigree which included numerous national tournaments capturing the USA Nationals. As a pro, the 26-year-old has a style defined by his blinding hand speed and combination punching. Previously ranked by the WBO at 115 pounds, O’Quinn now wants to make a permanent imprint at 118.
He’s facing a Sanchez who rebounded nicely from a split decision loss to Edwin Rodriguez in August of 2019. The 24-year-old has won four straight since that defeat including starching Frank Gonzalez in one round in his last bout in March of 2021. He gained the vacant WBA world Fedecentro bantamweight title in the process, which earned him a #10 world ranking at bantamweight by the WBA.
For the winner, the trajectory of their career will continue to trend to go up. For the loser, it’s back to the drawing board.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE
A minute into the opening round, Sanchez (17-1, 10 KOs) put O’Quinn (14-1-1, 8 KOs) down with a thunderous left hook. Though the Detroit fighter got up, he was very wobbly. Sensing a wounded warrior, Sanchez pounced.
A right-hand to the temple put O’Quinn down for a second time. At this point, one could tell the end was near. Basically out on his feet, O’Quinn was buckled again by yet another right hand. A vicious follow-up combination put him down for the third and final time. In a little over two minutes of action, this fight was over!
The only word to describe this performance was shocking. No one saw this coming. It’s a crushing defeat for Jarico O’Quinn. For Sanchez, score this as a highlight victory. To obliterate a previously undefeated fighter in this manner is the definition of a statement-maker.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.