WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa made the final successful defense of his title before moving up in weight by stopping Daniel Estrada in nine rounds at the StubHub Center.
The 24 year-old engaged with Estrada for the get-go, swarming all over the Mexican as he attempted to find room and took a commanding lead through seven rounds until a head clash in the eighth opened up a terrible cut over Figueroa’s eye.
An extended break between rounds ensued whilst doctors ran the rule over the horrific gash, which threatened to send the fight to the scorecards. The fight was allowed to continue after some debate and a worried Figueroa stepped out of his corner for the next session.
Not knowing whether the cut was ruled a head clash or a punch by referee Raul Caiz Sr, Figueroa went out for the ninth with a renewed vigour to put and end to Estrada’s challenge as soon as possible.
Luring Estrada in by keeping his guard down, Figueroa connected with a sweeping right hand to send ‘Tremendo’ to the canvas and in a whole heap of trouble. ‘Panterita’ proceeded to jump on Estrada and pinned him against the ropes until Caiz was forced to step in to finish the contest to declare Figueroa the victor.
Figueroa is now set to vacate the title at 135lbs and move to light-welterweight and will take a record of 24-0-1 up with him, whilst Estrada drops to 32-3-1 in losing for the first time in four years.
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