Throughout the years, boxing has been a brutal way to earn a living and the sport is unforgiving for those who age between the ropes. Julio Cesar Chavez was torn to pieces from a young Oscar de la Hoya; Roberto Duran suffered a similar fate at the hands of William Joppy; and “Sugar” Ray Leonard succumbed to a prime Terry Norris, among countless others. On Saturday night, Robert Guerrero joined the list of former greats who were battered into oblivion from a younger, better lion.
Omar Figueroa Jr. swarmed the battle-withered Guerrero from the start and knocked him out violently in the third. Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs) dropped “The Ghost” thrice in the second and when the fight was somehow allowed to continue by referee Ron Lipton, “Panterita” knocked Guerrero down twice more in the third before the mugging finally stopped. Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) was a shell of his former world champion self and has never suffered a defeat as the one Figueroa gave him.
In the Fox-televised PBC co-feature, light heavyweight Marcus Browne improved to 20-0 with his 15th career knockout when he annihilated Seanie Monaghan within two rounds. Browne was all over “Irish” Seanie from Jump Street and clobbered him from pillar to post and felled him in the first. The beating was mercifully stopped just 40 ticks into the second.
An all-Polish heavyweight encounter got things started in the Fox opener inside Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., as Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) knocked out Artur Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs in the fourth. Kownacki dropped Szpilka in what was the final round and then finished him with a barrage of punches, ending the contest at the 1:37 mark.
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