Omar Figueroa (right) was too much for Michael Perez tonight on ShoBox. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Omar Figueroa had trouble making weight for tonight's fight, but you'd have never known it once the bell rang. The 22-year-old Texan was relentless over six rounds, stopping fellow lightweight prospect Michael Perez in the corner, in what was a fantastic opening bout on tonight's ShoBox double-header.
Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KO) had to weigh in three times to make the 135-pound limit for the fight, and came in dry tonight in the ring. But he withstood an early blitz from Perez (15-1-1, 9 KO) and was able to land enough nasty, thudding body shots along the way to break the will and spirit of the 21-year-old Perez.
Perez's trainer stopped the fight after six rounds, with Perez reeling in the final moments of the sixth, and simply not looking good.
Figueroa is the type of fighter who could become a serious fan favorite with his fighting style. He's fearless and reckless, but he's also a good puncher, targets the body, and has skills. He punches in combination, has pretty good hand speed, and his strength is that he can seamlessly transition from orthodox to southpaw at a moment's notice, saying he does it by feel.
For Perez, it's a tough first loss, but he can come back from this. He has talent. Figueroa definitely has earned his way back to TV with this one.
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