Undefeated Figueroa unanimously outpoints Burns

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) Undefeated Omar Figueroa unanimously outpointed Scotland’s Ricky Burns on Saturday in a super lightweight fight on the Premier Boxing Champions on CBS card at State Farm Arena.
In front of a raucous hometown crowd, Figueroa improved to 25-0-1. He received winning scores of 116-110 from two judges and 117-109 from the other.
”Fighting a fight like that, it takes a lot to go even four rounds, much less 12,” Figueroa said. ”With a fighter like that, leaning on you and using his weight on you, it’s tough. I’m just glad I was in shape and didn’t let my fans down.
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”I’m a very offensive fighter, so the holding kind of slowed me down. I tried to do what I could and, thankfully, the judges saw that.”
Burns dropped to 37-5-1.
”We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I didn’t agree with the deductions for holding,” Burns said. ”I thought he was holding as much as me and that’s why I had to tie him up. … We moved up in weight for this one but still had some trouble making weight, but I didn’t want to jeopardize my chance to fight in America.”
In a bantamweight fight, England’s Jamie McDonnell unanimously outpointed Japan’s previously unbeaten Tomoki Kameda, receiving scores of 114-113 from all three judges to successfully defend his WBA Title and take Kameda’s WBO championship.
”I felt in control all the way through,” McDonnell said. ”It was a great performance. I know I should have just boxed, but I wanted to fight. I didn’t think I was going to get the decision being abroad, but it’s more than spectacular to come out of here victorious. He’s a great, undefeated champion.”
McDonnell (25-2-1) recovered after Kameda (31-1) knocked him down for the first time in his career, landing a sharp right in the third round.
”I think I won the fight. I did enough to win,” Kameda said. ”He did a lot to win the last rounds, but I did more over the fight. I don’t agree with the judges’ decision, but I respect it.”