LONG ISLAND, NY - Unbeaten Omar Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs) returned to the ring in emphatic fashion with a third-round stoppage of former champion Robert Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday night from the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The show was the first major boxing event to take place at the Coliseum in 31 years. Photos by Ed Diller, Ryan Greene/PBC.
The former world champion Figueroa returned to the ring after a 19-month layoff and hardly missed a beat, as he sent Guerrero to the canvas five times over the three rounds and became the first fighter to ever stop Guerrero.
"We knew that it was going to be tough to accomplish but I had obviously trained to get the knockout," said Figueroa." With my hands finally being healthy, we knew that it was actually possible.
After winning the first round on all three judges' scorecards, Guerrero continued to fight Figueroa from the inside and attempted to punish him with power shots. However, it was Figueroa who landed the first decisive blow of the fight, a scorching left uppercut that sent Guerrero immediately to the floor.
"I haven't fought this way in a long time because I didn't have the power in my hands," said Figueroa. "I'll always find a way to come out on top though."
Figueroa continued to attack, putting Guerrero down for a second time with a body shot and once more with a glancing shot right before the end of the round. Guerrero looked to blitz Figueroa to start the third round and immediately had Figueroa cornered.
"After the first knockdown I knew that the instinct would kick-in for him and he'd go all out," said Figueroa. "I thought it was going to be over after the first knockdown of the second round but the ref let it keep going.
"I've been working since January so I'm going to take some time off," continued Figueroa. "Then I'm going to get back into camp to get back to 140-pounds. I want to be back in the ring by the end of the year."
The unbeaten fighter was able to turn the tide quickly however, putting Guerrero down twice more with strong flurries before referee Ron Lipton waved off the bout 1:34 into the round. After the bout, Guerrero was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for precautionary reasons.