Going up against a former world title challenger on Ring City’s first main event, O’Shaquie Foster passed his latest fight with flying colors.
Fighting in a ring just outside of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, Foster went on the attack, dropping Miguel Roman in the first round and eventually stopping in the ninth round.
Kicking off the biggest test of his career, Foster landed a major right hand that sent Roman to the canvas. Foster moved well around the ring in the first few rounds, avoiding most of Roman’s harder shots while taking control of the fight at close distance when the two of them fought there.
Up to a certain point, Roman was able to fight his way back into the fight, cornering Foster and landing body shots. In the later rounds, Foster moved around the ring once more, forcing Roman to give chase.
Early in the ninth round, Foster landed a big combination of shots that dropped Roman a second time. Foster kept the offensive output and seconds later, he was able to hurt Roman up against the ropes and force referee Jack Reiss to stop the bout.
Foster has now won eight straight fights, moving one step closer towards a world title opportunity. Entering the fight, Foster was ranked No. 9 by the WBC at super featherweight while Roman was ranked No. 7.
The 24 hours before the fight was surrounded by controversy as Foster’s trainer discovered that the gloves Roman had planned to use for the bout had no padding. The California State Athletic Commission confiscated those gloves as well as Roman’s backup gloves and Roman used a new pair of gloves.
The night opened with unbeaten super featherweight William Zepeda finishing off Roberto Ramirez in the fifth round to improve his record to 22-0 as a pro. Zepeda overcame Ramirez’s height advantage after Ramirez was able to outwork Zepeda in the first couple of rounds.
Zepeda started landing more and outworking Ramirez starting in the third round. Zepeda’s workrate and pressure was eventually too much for Ramirez as the referee stopped the bout in the fifth round.
In the co-main event, Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez dominated Eduardo Garza and knocked him out in the third round. Hernandez impressed from the opening bell, landing a series of shots that caused cuts around Garza’s eyes. Throughout the fight, Hernandez was able to overpower Garza until landing a huge left hook to the body late in the third round that ended the fight.
This was Hernandez’s second straight win after suffering his first pro loss against Roger Gutierrez in 2019.
The presentation of the event was certainly unique compared to some of the setups that most major promotions had been experimenting with in recent months. The fights took place just outside of Wild Card with the fighters making their ring walk by coming down the gym’s stairs, passing by a projector that showcased fight highlights onto the building’s wall.
The main event capped off Ring City’s venture into broadcasting boxing shows on NBC Sports Network. The next two Ring City shows are slated for December with Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams on December 3 and Charles Conwell vs. Madiyar Ashkeyev on December 17.