Figueroa scores late knockout to remain unbeaten

Weslaco boxer Brandon “The Hearbreaker” Figueroa won his nationally televised main event fight on Sunday night in dramatic fashion.

Figueroa (17-0, 12 KOs) finished his featherweight opponent Oscar Escandon (25-5, 17 KOs) with just over a minute left in the tenth and final round via a right uppercut.

The fight was held at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. and televised on FoxSports 1’s Premier Boxing Champions.

Originally Victor Ortiz was supposed to face John Molina Jr. in the main event Sunday, but the fight was canceled on Wednesday after Ortiz was arrested. The cancelation elevated Figueroa to the main event, where he did not disappoint.

Figueroa used his aggressive style to pressure Escandon and build a large lead on the judge’s scorecards, which were shown on the broadcast throughout the fight.

Figueroa fought through a cut above his eye, which did slow down his pace just a bit. As the Valley-native got more comfortable with the crimson drizzle down his face, he found the spark he needed to close out the fight. Figueroa moved in on Escandon in the tenth and landed several body shots, setting up the finisher. After Escandon hit the canvas, he tried to get back to his feet, but he was so discombobulated, he fell flat on his face and the referee stopped the fight.