Figueroa Jr vs Guerrero HIGHLIGHTS: July 15, 2017 - PBC on FOX
Unbeaten former World Champion Omar Figueroa returned to the ring in emphatic fashion—stopping fellow former Champ Robert Guerrero in the main event of PBC on FOX on July 15, 2017 from the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
The show was the first major boxing event to take place at the Coliseum in 31 years.
Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs), who returned to the ring after a 19-month layoff, hardly missed a beat—knocking Guerrero down to the canvas five times over the three rounds, and became the first fighter to ever stop Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs).
"We knew that it was going to be tough to accomplish but I had obviously trained to get the knockout," Figueroa said. "With my hands finally being healthy, we knew that it was actually possible.”
After winning the first round on all three judges' scorecards, Guerrero continued to fight Figueroa from the inside and attempted to punish him with power shots. However, it was Figueroa who landed the first decisive blow of the fight—a scorching left uppercut that sent Guerrero immediately to the floor early in the second round.
Figueroa continued to attack, putting Guerrero down for a second time with a body shot and once more with a glancing shot right before the end of the round.
"After the first knockdown, I knew that the instinct would kick-in for him and he'd go all out," said Figueroa. "I thought it was going to be over after the first knockdown of the second round but the ref let it keep going.
Guerrero looked to blitz Figueroa to start the third round and immediately had Figueroa cornered. But the tide never turned for Guerrero and Figueroa put the former two-time Champ down twice more with strong flurries before referee Ron Lipton waved off the bout 1:34 into the round.
"I've been working since January so I'm going to take some time off," continued Figueroa. "Then I'm going to get back into camp to get back to 140-pounds. I want to be back in the ring by the end of the year."
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