Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Rising bantamweight Oscar Mojica looks to step up as he faces undefeated prospect Johnny “The Law” Determan in a scheduled six-round affair Saturday January 16th at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.
The bout will be on the undercard of the middleweight main event between Matt Korobov/Josue Ovando.
The 23-year-old Mojica (8-1, 1ko) is coming off the first setback of his career when he suffered an eight-round unanimous decision loss to unbeaten WBC Latino super flyweight champion Jose Martinez back last November. However, he learned from that loss, but seems to be focused going forward.
“It was just all a complete new experience to me,” Mojica said exclusively to JMB Wednesday.”
“But the most important thing I took from the loss is that I am ready to compete at a high level. Martinez came in having as many knockouts as I did professional fights. And I thought the fight was fairly competitive. Just a few adjustments I have to make for all my future fights.”
The defeat promoted Mojica to work on a couple of things
“I’ve really been working on my jab and controlling the full three minutes of each round. Really just maintaining focus at all times,” he added.
Mojica had a busy 2015 as he stepped into the ring four times, and his test against Determan showed prove to be another stiff fight to date.
“He’s (Determan) is a tough and talented upcoming prospect. I know he is coming in as the favorite.”
Determan (10-0, 8ko’s) has proven knockout power and has demonstrated that early on in his career. The 24-year-old native of Dallas, turned pro in 2010.
Mojica, though, understands the importance of winning this fight and starting off the new year with a win.
“Winning this fight is my biggest focus right now. And I know after I do AC (Adrian Clark) will have a big year planned out for me.
A win is must. I’ve had the experience now of being part of a mega card like Canelo/Cotto was and I know winning big fights like the one I am having this Saturday will have me back on a big card in the near future.”
The southpaw Korobov (24-1, 14ko’s) is coming off an six-round TKO loss to Andy Lee for the then vacant WBO World middleweight title in November. He is wasting any time stepping back into the ring, as he will be taking on a journeymen in Ovando (14-8-1, 11ko’s), who has dropped six of nine.
A pair of undefeated fighters will also be on the card when gritty veteran Eric De Leon (11-0, 5ko’s) faces upstart Fidel Navarrete (8-1-2, 4ko’s) in a slated eight-round super featherweight contest, while middleweight John Vera (11-0, 7ko’s) meets gatekeeper Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (11-23, 9ko’s) over six rounds.
In two separate super welterweight clashes, Alexander Besputin (1-0, 1ko) takes on K’Lon Spencer (4-3, 3ko’s) over six rounds, while a debuting Jarvis Sheppard meets winless Nubion Houston (0-1).
Rounding out the card will be welterweight Amon Rashidi (1-0) against Marquis Hawthorne (2-1) over four rounds.