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“Ghostbuster” Omar Figueroa Jr. Moves up to 147 and dominates Robert Guerrero!


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With 7,500 in attendance, boxing has returned to Nassau Coliseum after 31 years with a bang when two ferocious and fearless warriors squared off. Coming off a 19-month layoff, former 135-pound king Omar “La Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1 19KO’s) stepped up to fight at 147 for the first time to face off with former two-division champ Robert ‘The Ghost” Guerrero (33-6-1 18KO’s).

The fighters were feeling each other out in the first round with Figueroa being a little gun shy. The second round was back and forth action with Figueroa dropping Guerrero 3 times. After a check by the ringside doctor, Guerrero goes after Figueroa at the opening bell putting pressure. While exchanging, Figueroa, with his back on the ropes, floors Guerrero again. Guerrero gets up and they start exchanging in the middle of the ring. With 1:26 left in the 3rd Guerrero tastes canvas again and Figueroa is awarded the TKO victory!

What a way to move up to 147 and dominate! During the post-fight interview Figueroa stated he feels good at 147 but plans to move down to 140. Do we see a Crawford and Figueroa fight in the future?

The opening bout of the main card was a Heavyweight bout between Artur Szpilka (20-3 15KO’s) and the crowd favorite Adam Kownacki(16-0 13KO’s). Szpilka fights off the back foot the first two rounds with Kownacki stalking. Competitive and even exchanges go back in forth whenever they get in close with the edge going to Szpilka. Some showboating in the 4th round opened up Szpilka to some bombs which got him floored. He gets up but does not fully recover. Kownacki takes advantage and lands more hard shots getting the TKO victory with a 1:23 left in the 4th round.

The Fox co-feature was a Light Heavyweight bout between Long Island native and crowd favorite Sean Monaghan (28-1 17KO’s) and Marcus Browne (20-0 15KO’s). From the opening bell Browne dictated the round with a stiff jab. As the first round progressed Browne floors Monaghan. A low blow by Browne stops the first round to allow time for Monaghan to recover. The second round Browne comes out guns blazing and after flurries go unanswered with Monaghan against the ropes Brown is awarded the TKO victory with 2:20 Seconds remaining in the 2nd round giving Monaghan the first loss of his career.

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Before the television broadcast there was a WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Title fight between Long Islands own Patrick Day (14-2-1 6KO’s) vs Eric “Baby Faced Assassin” Walker (15-1 8KO’s). Round one and two showed fast flurries and power shots from both fighters. The rounds were action packed and the fighters were stealing the rounds back and forth. The rounds could have gone either way. In the 3rd round Patrick Day lands a thunderous shot knocking out Eric Walkers mouthpiece. In the 4th round Day lands another bomb and puts Eric to the canvas with 45 seconds left in the round Walker survives the round. Blood begins oozing from Walkers eye. Action continues going back and forth with Patrick Day landing more of the harder shots and getting the best of Walker during the exchanges. Patrick wins via Unanimous decision.

Brandon Figueroa (13-0 8KO’s), The brother of Omar Figueroa Jr. also fought taking on Fatiou Fassinou (28-7-3 6KO’s) in a Junior Featherweight bout. Brandon’s fighting style is almost identical to his brother, punching in close with constant pressure and a switch-hitting movement going from southpaw to orthodox stances. Figueroa kept the pressure on stalking and walking down Fassinou. In the 8 and final round Figueroa did not throw any punches for the first minute making it seem like he had nothing left in the tank. After about a minute Figueroa began unloading hard, fast, and crisp shots in the corner almost forcing Arthur Mercante to step in but Fassinou survives. Figueroa finished the 8th round strong to win a unanimous decision.

Contact Writer: Carmelo.Maisonet@gmail.com


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