MERCEDES — Weslaco native Brandon Figueroa put on a clinic before knocking out Victor Proa with a clean right hook to the body in the fourth round.
“I had hurt him with a few body shots to that point in the fight,” Figueroa said. “I saw the opportunity, and I took it.”
Figueroa (14-0, 9 KOs) remained undefeated with the win over Proa (28-5-2, 21 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night at the RGV Livestock Show Grounds.
“It was amazing,” Figueroa said. “The atmosphere and support was great. I grew up in the Valley, so I came out here and gave my people a show.”
After his last fight, against Fatiou Fassinou on July 15 in New York, Figueroa said he was trying to force the knockout too much. Ultimately, he said he believed that was the reason that fight went all eight rounds.
So, coming into Saturday’s fight, Figueroa was focused on not pressing for the knockout.
“I stayed patient, calm and relaxed,” Figueroa said. “I wasn’t in a rush. I worked him, I wore him down, and I got him out of here.”
Figueroa went to the jab early in the first round. Figueroa was taller and had the reach advantage against Proa. By the second round, Figueroa was clearly dominating the fight, pinning Proa against the ropes and landing four- and five-punch combinations.
The crowd could sense the knockout was on its way. About midway through the fourth round, Figueroa again had Proa against the ropes. The right hook landed directly to Proa’s ribs, and he crumpled to the canvas. Proa made it to one knee but couldn’t answer the referee’s 10 count.
Edinburg’s Eric Molina was scheduled to fight on the card and be the co-main event.
“It is with great regret to inform you guys that I will not be fighting this Saturday,” Molina wrote on his Facebook page Friday night.
Molina went on to say that he will be fighting Dominick Breazeale on Nov. 4. As a result, his promoters would not allow him to fight on Saturday.
“Apologies to all fans that were looking forward to seeing me in action once more here in the RGV,” Molina concluded.