This week in boxing history, PBC highlights chapters from two thrilling rivalries, recalls a pair of first-round knockouts and looks back at an action-packed PBC on CBS card.
It was a night when Omar Figueroa Jr. and Ricky Burns would combine to throw 1,685 punches—1,442 of which were power shots, with 517 of those landing. The early pace of the 12-round slugfest, it’s safe to say, was not sustainable the longer the fight went on.
After being outjabbed and outhustled by Ricky Burns for nearly the first two rounds of Saturday’s fight in Hidalgo, Texas, Omar Figueroa Jr. seized The Moment when he exploded during a 10-second stretch of the second round. The flurry set the tone in Figueroa’s 12-round victory by unanimous decision.
After Omar Figueroa Jr. beat Ricky Burns on Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas, the celebration was on. Surrounded by about 25 friends and family members, Figueroa let off a sly smile from underneath a baseball cap while he tucked into the spread.
How do you stop a hard-charging, come-forward fighter? Ricky Burns thought the answer was to tie him up.
The hometown crowd perched in the shade of a tent on the lot of a local car dealership. The chowder-thick humidity probably doesn't get to them anymore. If it did, they didn't show it.
“I feel unbeatable, indestructible,” Omar Figueroa Jr. beams. “It’s a great feeling.”
It’s starting to get a lot like fighting in his living room.