By John Cudney
Omar Figueroa and Robert Guerrero face-off Saturday July 15th from Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York live on FOX.
This Saturday night boxing devotees get three fan-friendly bouts live on FOX, with televised coverage beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. The card is headlined by former world champions Omar Figueroa & Robert Guerrero. The undercard features a matchup of unbeaten light heavyweights Marcus Browne & Seanie Monaghan, as well as a heavyweight scrap between Former title challenger Artur Szpilka & unbeaten Adam Kownacki.
Omar Figueroa (26–0–1) vs. Robert Guerrero (33–5–1)
I was surprised by this pairing when this fight was first announced, but this is the type of matchup that gets better the more you think about it. Omar Figueroa was once a golden boy, but he gradually faded from the scene following an absolute war against Nihito Arakawa in 2013.
Since then he ballooned up in weight and fought two way-too-close fights against Ricky Burns and Antonio DeMarco. If we are to trust Figueroa, this fight will mark his serious return to the sport. He’s still young and undefeated, so it will be exciting to watch where his career goes from here.
Meanwhile, Robert Guerrero has been on a sharp decline since fighting Floyd Mayweather. ‘The Ghost’ has accomplished much in his long career, but he needs to reestablish his position on the world level with a consistent performance. He won rounds in defeat his defeats against top welterweights Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, but he has fought down to his level of opposition (against questionable opposition) in his other recent bouts. Luckily for fans, this should almost certainly be an action fight between two guys who prioritize offense over defense. Expect a brawl.
Marcus Browne (19–0) vs. Seanie Monaghan (28–0)
This is an interesting pairing between two local fighters, with Marcus Browne hailing from Staten Island and Seanie Monaghan being a native son of Long Island. The undefeated Marcus Browne was a 2012 Olympian who has looked sensational at times but has stumbled when the lights have been brightest.
Browne won a debatable decision against Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic last year on an NBC primetime card and he destroyed Thomas Williams Jr earlier this year in a win that lost a lot of its luster due to the sloppiness of the bout. Browne’s Olympic teammate exploded onto the world stage in the last year and, if all goes to plan, this should be Browne’s breakout performance. Monaghan is talented in his own right, but he is older and less-skilled in this matchup. I believe in Browne’s potential, so I will be watching this one very closely.
Artur Szpilka (20–2) vs. Adam Kownacki (15–0)
Adam Kownacki has been a fixture of Barclays shows for the last few years. Fans of that venue have grown used to cries of “Babyface!” from his partisan Polish fans. Szpilka is much more proven on the world level and he also drew a respectable Polish fan base when he fought Deontay Wilder here in 2016. This fight is being heavily promoted in Polish neighborhoods around NYC, so don’t be surprised if many in Nassau Coliseum treat this as the main event. I’m expecting a very solid heavyweight bout with great atmosphere in the room. I’m not sure where the winner will rank, but that’s not going to prevent me from enjoying the fight.
Following the FOX broadcast, fans can tune over to FS1 and FOX Deportes for a second show headlined by once-beaten welterweight Jamal James versus former title challenger Jo Jo Dan in a 10-round showdown. The FS1 show will also feature unbeaten prospect Brandon Figueroa (12–0, 8 KOs), brother of Omar, versus Eliezer Aquino (19–2–1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight fight.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, or by calling 1–800–745–3000. Tickets are also available at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE. Group discounts are available by calling 516–231–4848.
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