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Brandon Figueroa Knocks Oscar Escandon Out in Tenth

Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario - Super bantamweight contender Brandon Figueroa (17-0 12 KOs), who is the younger brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, knocked out Oscar Escandon (25-5, 17 KOs) in the tenth round.

This was the third fight of the year for Figueroa, who knocked out Luis Roy Cruz in one round in August and put away Giovanni Delgado in seven rounds in March.

Escandon has lost three of his last four. A split decision loss to Moises Flores in April 2015. And then a seven round knockout loss to WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. in May 2017, and then a third round knockout loss to Tugstsogt Nyambayar in May.

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This contest was originally scheduled as the co-feature of the card, but was elevated when the main event - between Victor Ortiz and John Molina - fell out. Ortiz was arrested earlier this week for sexual assault, and his fight was pulled from the card.

The fight began at a quick pace. They were trading a lot of punches on the inside in the first round, and both were getting off with solid punches. Figueroa was landing better to the head, and Figueroa was connecting to the body.

They continued to brawl on the inside in the second. It was a toe to toe battle and neither fighter was stepping back. And the same trend continued in the third, with an inside war, as non-stop punches were flying from both. Figueroa was connecting the better punches, but suffered a cut around his left eye.

The pace slowed down in the fourth. Figueroa was now fighting at a distance and looking to outbox Escandon. He wobbled Escandon with combination in the closing moments. In the fifth, Escandon applied more pressure to force a fire fight and Figueroa was happy to oblige. Escandon was wobbled again, but fought his way out of trouble.

Figueroa controlled the action for the next few rounds, with Escandon being game and hanging in there. In the tenth and final round, Figueroa landed a big uppercut that sent Escandon down and he was in no condition to continue - with the referee stopping the contest.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sammybee on 10-01-2018

Brandon will make the champions at super bantamweight sit up.

Comment by Brettcappe on 10-01-2018

Why all the hate for Ruben Guerrero. He is a former amateur champion with a long pedigree in boxing. He is also a colorful character. Boxing needs that!

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;19155119]Nuts that he still trains with an idiot working the corner with glasses, a hat and checkerboard shirt[/QUOTE] LOL damn. Oscar's not an untalented dude, but he ain't doing himself no favors with Robert's dad in his corner.

Comment by OctoberRed on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19155108]Oscar still training with Robert Guerrero's dad in his garage or w/e?[/QUOTE] Nuts that he still trains with an idiot working the corner with glasses, a hat and checkerboard shirt

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-01-2018

Oscar still training with Robert Guerrero's dad in his garage or w/e?

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