Brandon Figueroa stops Oscar Escandon in Ontario
September 30, 2018
Anthony Saldana (75 articles)
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Brandon Figueroa stops Oscar Escandon in Ontario

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Sunday afternoon Premier Boxing Champions brought fight fans a special Sunday edition of PBC on FS1, as undefeated 122-pound contender Brandon Figueroa battled former title contender Oscar Escandon in a 10-round main event at the Citizen Bank Arena in Ontario, California. A main event that was originally set to showcase a bout between John Molina Jr. and Victor Ortiz but that fight was canceled Wednesday after Ortiz was arrested for an alleged sexual assault. A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday and he was released on $100,000 bail after turning himself in to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon.

 

In light of the last minute change to the main event, the show went off without a hitch as both the 21-year-old Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (17-0, 12 KO’s) and the veteran Colombian and 2004 Olympian Oscar “El Guerrero” Escandon (25-5, 17 KO’s) stood toe to toe in a excellent fight. From the opening bell both fighters came out guns slinging, throwing punches in bunches. Figueroa and Escandon fought a phone booth style fight for much of the bout, but it was  Figueroa who was landing the quicker, harder shots throughout the early rounds. Then in the fourth Escandon caught Figueroa with a hard right hand that opened up a cut over his left eye. After the cut the pace began to slow as the younger, taller Figueroa began to use his height and reach to pop his jab and outbox Escandon. Figueroa would hurt Escandon at the end of the fifth and again in the sixth but there was no quit in the game Escandon. eventually in the ninth and tenth rounds the fans were treated to a fire fight as Escandon began to apply heavy pressure and Figueroa obliged and began throwing heavy shots of his own. It was in the 10th and final round that Figueroa caught Escandon with a solid uppercut that floored him and as he beat the count, it was clear Escandon was out on his feet as the fight was waived off.  “Escandon is tough. He is short and it was hard to get to the body,” said Figueroa. “I can fight both inside and outside, but his size did matter. I had to get in there and he wasn’t backing up. I was ready for this fight. Opportunities like this don’t come often so I had to take it and run with it. I have been training all summer and I am ready to take a few days off and get right back to it.”

 

In the co-main event the 2016 Super Heavyweight Great Britain Olympic silver medalist and 6-foot-6, 250-pounder Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KO’s) made his US debut when he battled Iago Kiladze (26-4, 18 KO’s). Joyce who moved his camp to Big Bear and is now training with Abel Sanchez looked impressive as he dropped Kiladze three times before the fight was waived off. The damage began from the opening bell as Kiladze tried to dance around the ring to keep away from the much bigger Joyce, but that was shortly lived as in the second round Joyce landed a vicious combination that nearly sent Kiladze through the ropes. Kiladze made it to his feet and beat the count, but the damage would continue throughout the fight. In the third Kiladze was dropped for the second time in the bout and by the fifth round after tasting the canvas yet again the fight was waived off.

 

Also on the card and making a low profile return to the ring was the former two-time IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) as he battled veteran Colombian, Fidel Munoz (39-18-1, 31 KO’s) in an 8-round non-televised bout. DeGale who was fighting Munoz at a catchweight of 172lbs looked impressive as he opened up the stacked fight card and wasted no time in out boxing and out classing the smaller, slower Munoz. DeGale hurt Munoz early and often and finished the lopsided match in the third round by knocking Munoz down with a big uppercut and badly hurting the his 30-year-old opponent who was unable to beat the count.

 

 

Other bouts included

(Middleweights 4-rounds) Joe Spencer (5-0, 5 KO’s) vs Cory Macon (0-3) Results; Spencer knocks out Macon and keeps his knockout and win streak unblemished

(Heavyweights 6-rounds) Efe Ajagba (6-0, 5 KO’s) vs Nick Jones (7-0, 5 KO’s) Results; Ajagba wins by brutal knockout and improves his record to (7-0, 6 KO’s)

 

(Featherweights 8-rounds) Stephen Fulton (14-0, 6 KO’s) vs German Meraz (61-50-2, 38 KO’s) Results; Fulton wins by unanimous decision victory handing Meraz his 50th loss of his career

(Bantamweights 4-rounds) Jose Balderas (4-0) vs Ivan Martino (3-2, 3 KO’s) Results; Balderas wins by unanimous decision and improves his record to (5-0)

(Lightweight 8-rounds) Jessie “Bam” Rodriguez (6-0, 4 KO’s) vs Edwin Reyes (8-3-3, 5 KO’s) Results; Rodriguez wins by unanimous decision and moves to (7-0, 4 KO’s)

 

(Light Heavyweights) 8-rounds Kody Davies (6-0, 2 KO’s) vs Jarhed Fenderson (4-6, 2 KO’s) Results; Davies wins by unanimous decision by the scores of 80-72 on all three judges scorecards and with the victory moves to (7-0, 2 KO’s)

 

(Super Lightweights 4-rounds) Omar Juarez (debut) vs Matt Gaber (0-1) Results; Juarez gets a unanimous decision victory and moves to (1-0)

 

(Featherweights 6-rounds) Arnold Alejandro (7-0, 6 KO’s) vs Francisco Camacho (7-8-1, 3 KO’s) Results; Alejandro wins by knockout and moves to (8-0, 7 KO’s)

(Super Featherweights 6-Rounds) Victor Slavinskyi (6-0, 3 KO’s) vs Mike Fowler (6-17 2 KO’s) Results; Slavinskyi gets a third round stoppage of Fowler and with the victory moves to (7-0, 4 KO’s)

 

(Bantamweights 6-rounds) Aaron Morales (3-0, 2 KO’s) vs Steve Lantry (0-4-2) Results;  Morales comes away with a first round knockout and moves to (4-0, 3 KO’s)

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