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.
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.
When he was 15 years old, Tomoki Kameda traveled to Texas to see the type of fighter that he hoped to see in the mirror one day.
His nickname is “El Mexicanito” (“The Little Mexican”), but there’s nothing diminutive about Tomoki Kameda’s ambitions.
Have fist, will travel: Tomoki Kameda leaves his native Japan to build his career in the hard-knock Mexican ranks
He left the nest and his homeland in a single, 7,000-mile leap of faith in his fists. When Tomoki Kameda was but 15 years old, he departed his native Japan and relocated to Mexico, where he’d earn the second of his two nicknames.