Rodriguez vs Figueroa recap and thoughts

Tough weekend for Angel Figueroa sacrificing his unbeaten record and facing top prospect and signed Top Rank promotions fighter Julian Rodriguez in front of Rodriguez hometown crowd in Atlantic City NJ.
In a scheduled 4 round bout, the first round both fighters met in the middle of the ring exchanging heavy artillery with Rodriguez landing the more telling blows. The first solid body shot which forced Figueroa to take a knee and paved the way for the next two knock downs.
Figueroa survives the first round and the warrior he is, pleads to the doctors and to me that he wants to continue.
Second round, Angel boxing and moving, using his jab with some success. It was the relentless Rodriguez who comes back mixing up both body and head shots rocking Angel Figueroa in different occasions, and Figueroa still trying to battle back with little effect.
End of round two, doctors look in closely asking Angel if he wanted to continue. With the big heart and warrior spirit, Angel Figueroa still wants to keep fighting. I looked closely and weighed all the factors that Angel still has the potential to have a great career and I decided to save it by stopping the fight even though my fighter still wanted to continue.
This was a very difficult situation but and the end of the day, it’s the fighters safety that counts and still able to fight again another day.
Rodriguez wins by TKO and improves to 4-0 (3 KO’s) and Figueroa falls to 3-1-1 (0 KO’s)



2 responses to “Rodriguez vs Figueroa recap and thoughts

  1. Angel did not want to continue, I witnessed him shake his head no to the ref. I don’t blame him, he would’ve been on the canvas the next round.

  2. Being on the canvas the next round has validity. But if a fighter shakes his head no to a ref, 99.9% of the time the ref stops the contest. It was the suggestion of the doctor and the corner man that stopped that fight

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