ICYMI: Omar Figueroa Jr. Looks Sensational Stopping Robert Guerrero for the First Time in his Career
By Eric Iraheta
Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1 19 KO’s) made a successful return to the ring after a 19 month lay off following his first career defeat with a sensational showdown with Robert Guerrero. Figueroa beat down Guerrero, dropping him five times and then ultimately stopping Robert Guerrero (33-6-1 18 KO’s) with a 3rd round TKO in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Fox this past Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Omar Figueroa Jr. was right back to his old tricks fighting in the proverbial phone booth dominating the inside with ferocious body work. Guerrero being the true warrior that he is came to fight and was more than willing to exchange with Figueroa on the inside.
Right from the first seconds of the first round it was evident that this fight was not going the distance. Both fighters exchanging haymakers at will landing with bone crushing power and precision. Figueroa landed 88 of 185 punches (48%), Guerrero, landed 78 of 201 (39%).
Although Guerrero’s heart was willing to fight it was clear his body was unable to absorb the punishment. With every punch that Figueroa landed, Guerrero showed clear discomfort, wincing and grimacing with every punch. With 30 seconds left in the second round Figueroa landed a vicious right hook to the temple that dropped Guerrero. A punch that Guerrero would not recover from.With Guerrero hurt, Figueroa would go in for the kill, viciously attacking Guerrero on the inside dropping him within the opening minute of the third round with a hard left uppercut to the temple. Guerrero, visibly exhausted, body and face battered continued to fight but with nothing left in the tank he was easy pickings for Figueroa. With a minute and half left in the third round, Figueroa blasted Guerrero with a rib crushing uppercut to the body that sent him crumbling to the canvas. Referee Ron Lipton made the right call and waved off the fight declaring Figueroa winner by TKO.
Figueroa, who just came off of a 19 month layoff looked absolutely amazing. After the fight Figueroa stated “I’m finally healthy. That’s it,”.
Figueroa would also stated about Guerrero “He put up a great effort. My respect to Robert. It’s an honor to be sharing the same ring with him and even better to beat him.”
This defeat marks Guerrero’s first time being stopped, third loss in a row and fifth loss in his last seven bouts. For Robert and his camp, it may be time to have the talk that no fighter ever wants to have.
Check out highlights of this epic 3 round war