Boxing returned to the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA, on Saturday night. The Long Island venue hadn’t seen professional boxing since March 10th, 1986. Fighting that night was a young, fast, powerful, undefeated Heavyweight called Mike Tyson. The fans on that occasion witnessed a special talent and the ones in 2017, got to see a war between Robert Guerrero and Omar Figueroa Jr.
27-year-old Omar Figueroa Jr hails from Texas and entered the ring after a long lay-off due to hand problems. He is a former WBC World lightweight champion and took this welterweight bout on eight weeks notice. Californian Robert Guerrero turned professional in 2001, is the older man by seven years. His long and distinguished career has seen him win World titles at Featherweight, Super Featherweight and interim World titles at lightweight and welterweight. He’s fought some of the biggest names in boxing including Floyd Mayweather Jr, Joel Casamayor, Michael Katsidis, Orlando Salido and Andre Berto.
‘The Ghost’ started the bout sharp and got straight down to business, winning the round with the busier output. Figueroa Jr., didn’t look in the best of shape, while Guerrero looked determined and focused.
The second round, southpaw Guerrero was pushing the action and initiating slugging on the inside. The pair were trading body shots when a right had Guerrero rocking. Figueroa launched wave after wave of attacks. Two left uppercuts and Robert sank to his knees. ‘The Ghost’ got up and went swinging for the younger man, pushing him back to the ropes. Omar ducked and dodged, looking to launch a counter strike. Right hooks dropping the more experienced man again. Body shot and a left to the head has the veteran on the canvas a third time. The bell signalled the end of the round. It was a sensational round of slugging.
Guerrero started the third with a blistering attack, showing the grit and drive which he’s demonstrated throughout his career. Figueroa remains calm and composed while backed up on the ropes. His uppercuts finding the target every time and causing mayhem. The right uppercut forces another knockdown. A chopping left to the body drops Guerrero for the final time. The assault was finally called off by referee Ron Lipton.
It’s a testament to the former champion that he was allowed to keep going. Back after hand problems, Figueroa showed plenty of power; having dropped his man five times during the three round war. He plans on heading down to 140lbs and he looks like he will be a handful for anyone.
The Texan can add another good name to the likes of Ricky Burns, Abner Cotto, Daniel Estrada and Antonio DeMarco. He remains undefeated with a record of 27-0-1, 19 KOs.
This was the third consecutive defeat for Robert Guerrero and surely signals the end for him at this level. His record is now 33-6-1, 18 KOs.
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