Abel Ramos picks up impressive sixth round TKO of Omar Figueroa
Welterweight Abel Ramos (27-4-2, 21 KO’s) got back in the win column with a quality win over Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr (28-2-1, 19 KO’s). Ironically, both men were entering the bout following a loss to Super WBA World Welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas. In against the oddball Panterita, Ramos used his superior boxing skills to pick up a punishing knockout victory.
ONE STRANGE AND BRUTAL BATTLE
Figueroa opened the bout aggressively, albeit very oddly. He quickly pressed Ramos to the ropes, but was the spitting image of Jim Carry in Me, Myself and Irene in doing so. The offense was somewhat even through the first. Yet, as Panterita maintained his ridiculous approach, Ramos enjoyed greater and greater success. With Figueroa more focused on his zany body contortions and strange hand placements, Ramos consistently scored with straight rights and a steady river of hooks to the body. Figueroa landed occasional shots but not enough to carry the round. This same dynamic replayed itself during the third. Although, during the final minute of the period, Figueroa was falling into a better offensive rhythm.
Any significant offensive success that Panterita enjoyed in the third quickly evaporated in the fourth. Here, Ramos snapped his head back with a number of straight rights. Yet, it was hard to tell if Figueroa was hurt, chemically imbalanced or suffering a mental break down. Figueroa’s left eye was now purple and beginning to swell in the fifth. Now, Ramos was more or less constantly on the back foot sniping his oddball opponent with stiff jabs, laser straight rights, occasional right hooks and solid body shots.
Figueroa opened the sixth round with some competent offense but it was exceedingly short-lived. After firing off some impressive wide hooks, he resumed his Jim Carry impression. Throughout the round, Ramos would push Figueroa off with his shoulder which allowed him the space to land more right hooks than the law should allow. In the closing moments of the period, Ramos refocused his attack and now blasted his opponent with a number of puncturing body shots. These final blows obviously hurt Figueroa. When the dejected Figueroa sat on his stool, he hunched over and spit blood into the spit bucket. Having seen enough, his chief second Robert Diaz immediately stopped the fight to prevent his fighter from taking anymore abuse.
By: Bakari Simpson