Omar Figueroa Jr. takes out Robert Guerrero in three after scoring five knockdowns
Published: July 15, 2017
UNIONDALE, NY – In a night full of knockouts at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1, 19 KOs) made a triumphant return to the ring after a 19-month layoff stopping Robert Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) in the third round. Guerrero started off fast with a great first round where he was able to outland the younger Figueroa and seemed to have an advantage in his length on the outside.
In the second round, the fight turned into a phone booth affair with both men battling on the inside. During the closing of the second round, Figueroa landed a left uppercut that dropped Guerrero to the canvas. Guerrero was once again dropped by a series of left hooks at the end of the second round. Not one to be taken for granted, Guerrero burst out of the corner to start the third round and went directly at Figueroa. Unfortunately, it seems his body may not be in line with his mind as he was unable to handle the punishment being dished out by Figueroa. The Texas native dropped Guerrero three more times. The referee stopped the fight after a body shot forced Guerrero to his knees.
With the victory, Figueroa will move forward and look to move back down to the 140-pound division. Opponents are awaiting Figueroa at 140-pounds specifically the winner of the upcoming bout between Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia.
As for Guerrero, this may be the end of the road. The Gilroy, California native has now lost three fights in a row, and it looks like his punch resistance may be gone. It is possible that Figueroa is a bigger puncher than many anticipate, but Guerrero survived punchers in the past like Keith Thurman without being stopped.
On the undercard, in a battle of undefeated fighters Staten Island’s Marcus Browne (20-0, 15 KOs) made a statement in the light heavyweight division by stopping Sean Monaghan (28-1, 17 KOs) in the second round. Browne is now looking for a title shot against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs). Also on the card, Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) stopped Artur Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs) in four rounds in a heavyweight bout.
(Feature Photo: Marilyn Paulino/RBR Boxing)