Prizefight Recap: Figueroa blisters Burns
- Updated: May 9, 2015
In the main event of today’s Premier Boxing Champions telecast on CBS, fellow former lightweight title holders Omar Figueroa of the US and Ricky Burns of Scotland engaged in a fabulous 142-pound catch weight contest, which saw the Texas native take home a decision victory to the delight of his rabid home area fan base in Hidalgo.
Figueroa was his usual aggressive-self from the outset, landing sweeping hooks on the inside, with Burns counter-attacking with crisp combos and uppercuts to the head. The two combatants went deep into the trenches in a hellacious 4th round, landing massive shots in tight quarters in the all-action stanza. The intensity didn’t let-up in the middle rounds, as both boxers continued to score points with their power punches from all distances.
Laurence Cole lived up to his reputation as the Worst Ref in History, docking a point from Burns for holding in both the 8th and 11th rounds, while never once warning Figueroa for the rabbit punches he landed in the clench. The Scottish scrapper kept firing back with his accurate cross up the middle late in the fight, which Figueroa counter-balanced with his aggressive combos upstairs.
In the end, it was Omar’s tenacity and relentlessness on offense that won him most of the close rounds, as he took the unanimous decision win by scores of 117-109 and 116-110 x2.
In the co-feature, WBA bantamweight champ Jamie McDonnell of England retained his belt by razor-thin unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Japanese sensation Tomoki Kameda of Japan in a phenomenal title match. The reigning WBO champ began the bout fast with laser-like shots up the middle, which set-up a beautiful knockdown in the 3rd off a nasty lead overhand right. McDonnell practically had his feet stuck in the mud for the first few rounds, unable to find a consistent punching range against his quicker foe with any shot other than his long jab.
As the bout wore on, Kameda began to tire a bit and trade on the inside, which gave the Englishman more opportunities to score points with his crosses to the head and body. The last three rounds provided fantastic back and forth action, as both men landed thudding power shots from all angles, with McDonnell’s aggression and will-power blending beautifully with Kameda’s angles and accuracy.
Both men landed over 200 blows in a match that truly could have gone either way, as all three judges had tallies of 114-113 for McDonnell (3MR had it 114-113 Kameda) in what will probably go down as a “Fight of the Year – Honorable Mention” candidate when 2015 is all said and done. McDonnell moves to 26-2-1 with 12 KO’s with the victory, as Kameda falls 31-1 with his 1st pro-defeat that he should take zero shame in, considering the quality of the contest and the newfound fans that both men gained from this exposure.
In an un televised match in the undercard, former WBA junior middleweight champ Austin Trout earned a 7th round TKO victory over fringe contender Frank Galarza.