Late sub Lipinets wins, Figueroa retires

026 Omar Figueroa Vs Sergei Lipinets
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In a clash of former world champions, late sub Sergey Lipinets (17-2-1, 13 KOs) stopped Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (28-3-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Lipinets, who stepped in on five days’ notice after original Figueroa foe Adrien “The Problem” Broner suddenly pulled out citing mental health issues, dropped Figueroa in round two and punished him until his corner pulled him out of the fight after round eight. The bout was for the WBC silver title. After the fight, Figueroa indicated that this would be his final bout.
008 Brandun Lee Vs Will Madera
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Unbeaten super lightweight Brandun Lee (26-0, 22 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Will Madera (17-2-3, 10 KOs). Madera dropped Lee hard in round three with a right hand. Lee recovered took control thereafter. Scores were 98-91 3x.

Unbeaten heavyweight standout Lenier Pero (8-0, 5 KOs) knocked out Joel Caudle (9-7-2, 6 KOs) in the first round.

Undefeated middleweight Fiodor Czerkaszyn (20-0, 13 KOs) halted Gilbert Venegas Jr (11-2, 7 KOs) in round four.

Three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren (19-4, 5 KOs) LOST a six round decision to journeyman bantamweight Francisco Portillo (18-11-2, 10 KOs).

WBA #3 super lightweight Ismael Barroso (24-3-2, 22 KOs) stopped Fernando David Saucedo (63-10-3, 10 KOs) in round four.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Atif Oberlton (6-0, 5 KOs) went the distance for the first time, defeating Robert Burwell (9-7, 3 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.

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  • End of the line Mr. Warren. Portillo probably did him a favor. He was ranked #1 for one of Inoue’s titles.

  • Watched Warren as an amateur for years! Dominated the game as an amateur, but never realized his potential as a pro! End of the line Nuke!! Not impressed with Lee!! Will never become champ! Trust me….

  • Figueroa looked like an amateur tonight. He was constantly throwing punches while he was still walking in so his feet were never set. Arm punches will never win fights in the pros unless you are George Foreman.

    • Broner dropping out was a tough break. He went from thinking he was fighting a guy that only throws 10 punches a round and tries to stink out a bad decision to fighting a human wrecking ball. You couldn’t find two more different fighters than Broner and Lipinets.

      • Agree 100 percent on this comment !
        Lipinets beat Figueroa with such ease i wonder how or if Omar was well prepared for a fight whoever the opponent was..

  • I didn’t like the way Brandun Lee aproached the fight it seems as he thought it was an easy fight, he showed one weakness, he has a poor defense.

    • Lee still has a lot to learn which will only happen through a very slow climb through the ranks. If he gets pushed hard, he will have his clock cleaned badly.

  • brandon lee no defense madera should get good people behind him maybe the f roach boxing school

  • Sorry to see you exit the boxing stage Omar Figueroa Jr. but in boxing, perhaps more than any other sport, when a fighter talks retirement it is always the right decision. Your star shone brightly for a moment and the fans will remember. All the best in your future.

  • I felt really bad for Omar throughout the fight. It was quite obvious that his odometer was at its limit. I hope he finds the peace he deserves in life! As for Lipinets, thought it was a good comeback fight and victory for him. Not too sure he’s ready for the top guys in the division as of yet?? If Broner is able to get himself together, then Lipinets is the fight for him!! The only way he can make an absolute right out of the BS he pulled is by taking this fight!!

  • Omar, I am very proud of you. Unlike Liz Cheney & AJ who are a sore losers, you are no sore loser, Omar. You are a winner. You went in there and gave it your all. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Most of us are very proud of you. Like the song from Argent says, HOLD YOUR HEAD UP !!

  • The entire card was decent. The Hard Rock was not even at half capacity, but the crowd was into it. great time and decent rights, except the last one.

    I don’t know how bad Figueroa looked on tv, but live, his body looked like a 70 year old. Gelatinous muscle tone, and awful posture. He was done after about 1 minute into the fight. He spoke about his struggle with mental health and from personal experience, it’s not an easy hole to climb out of.

    If he was on SSRIs, this very well could have played a role in his performance. The effects on the male endocrine system is devastating at times. At first great, but you can read about the horror stories. Again, this is just my opinion from personal experience. It took several years to get back on track after slowly discontinuing use.

    Another factor could have been the damage taken throughout this career. Constant hart hit to the front of the skull can damage your endocrine system as well. Figueroa has never been a defensive minded fighter as it is. Maybe a combination of both. It was truly sad to watch. I hope he stays retired and I wish him nothing but the best in this new part of life.

    As for Lipinets, I’m glad that he will have the opportunity to make a few more paydays.

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