After 19 months out of the ring, Omar Figueroa returned with a dominant performance against Robert Guerrero at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Omar Figueroa Jr. had to feel the nerves coursing through him again. It was a welcome greeting, that tingly pinch in his legs and arms. It was his body’s way of telling “El Panterita” he was ready to go—that the 19-month layoff was over and his passion for boxing was fully reignited.
If ever there have been two former world champions arriving at the same point from distinctly different directions, they are Omar Figueroa Jr. and Robert Guerrero.
Omar Figueroa Jr. stood there, oversized gloves dangling by his sides, before around 300 strange faces in a converted wrestling arena in his parents’ hometown of Rio Bravo, Mexico. He had every right to be filled with nerves. He was 7 years old, and about to embark on what’s become a life’s journey.
This week in PBC Jabs, host Jordan Hardy sets the table for Saturday’s feast of fights on FOX and FS1, including a chat with former world titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr. before his 147-pound showdown with former two-division champion Robert Guerrero.
Former 135-pound champion Omar Figueroa Jr. returns from a 19-month layoff Saturday night to battle former two-division titleholder Robert Guerrero at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York (FOX, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). The big question is: Who do you like to win this 147-pound showdown?