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.
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.
Omar Figueroa Jr.’s swollen face showed the wear after his 12-round slugfest with Antonio DeMarco in San Antonio on Saturday night. Although he won a unanimous decision to remain unbeaten, he took more punishment that he anticipated.
Antonio DeMarco announced his retirement in the ring after losing to Rances Barthelemy in June. In returning to take on Omar Figueroa Jr., he proved he had plenty of fight left in him.
Bring it on: Antonio DeMarco’s aggressive game plan has Omar Figueroa Jr. as happy as a kid on Christmas
Antonio DeMarco has vowed to stand and fight toe to toe with Omar Figueroa Jr. on Saturday. If that’s the case, Figueroa says he’ll be getting exactly what he wants, and just in time for the holidays.
It was April 2014, and Omar Figueroa Jr. had just completed his first defense of the 135-pound championship he had earned with the help of trainer Joel Diaz.