Figueroa Jr. returns from long layoff, dominates Robert Guerrero

By Minnie Larry

Saturday night on PBC, Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1, 19KOs) stopped former champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (36-6-1, 18KOs) in the 3rd round in front of an eager crowd, at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York.

In round 1, Guerrero jumped on the younger Figueroa with a strong inside game. Figueroa Jr. came alive in round 2 dropping Guerrero with a shattering left uppercut. Guerrero would recover, only to be plunged minutes later by a right hook.

Junior continued the weight guiding Guerrero to the canvas for the third time, with a left hook. Figueroa Jr. dropped Guerrero in the opening seconds of the 4th round with a right hand. Guerrero would mend but was sent back to the canvas by a series of lefts, causing referee Ron Lipton to halt the bout.

“Sir” Marcus Browne (20-0, 15 KOs) forced a stoppage of Seanie Monaghan (28-1, 17KOs) in round 2 of their contest. Browne started the bout off strong sinking Monaghan with a straight left. Monaghan would recover but would immediately return to the canvas due to a low blow. A multiple minute break in the action was allowed, giving Monaghan time to recover. Once round 2 began, Browne poured on punches causing referee Steve Willis to end the bout. Time was 1:37 in the 2nd.

26-year young, 2012 Olympian Browne called out Adonis Stevenson during his post-fight interview. “I’m honored and blessed to be a part of this event and I just want to move upwards and onward from here. I want a date with Adonis Stevenson next.”

Crowd favorite Adam Kownaci (16-0, 13KOs) stopped Artur Szpilka (20-3, 15KOs) in the 4th round. Kownaci was active thru the stint, overwhelming the defense-conscious Szpilka. Arthur Mercante Jr. would break the bout in round 4, after Kownaci landed several punches to the unguarded Szpilka.

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