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Francisco Figueroa Jr. (born June 13, 1978) is a professional boxer from the Bronx, NY, USA.
|Real name||Francisco Figueroa|
|Rated at||Light Welterweight|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
June 13, 1978 |
|Wins by KO||13|
Francisco Figueroa Jr., whose nickname is "El Gato", has been featured numerous times on ESPN2 and HBO fights. On August 17, 2005 he defeated Hector Alejandro, Jr for the New York State Light Welterweight Championship. He also had a powerhouse bout at Madison Square Garden against another undefeated contender Joey Rios, whom he successfully defended that same NY State Light Welterweight Title.
Figueroa fought Emanuel "The Drunken Master" Augustus, in which he won a controversial split decision, on the undercard of the Roy Jones Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe fight at Madison Square Garden Nov. 8, 2008. However, some witnesses felt that the crafty Augustus, who landed over 20 more punches than Figueroa, won the fight.
He knocked out Ubaldo Hernandez and defended the NABF Light Welterweight Title.
He also beat high ranked and undefeated opponent Francisco Rincon at Mid-Hudson Civic Center, in Poughkeepsie NY.
On November the 16th, El Gato made his 2nd title defense against hard hitting, powerhouse Noel Rodriguez. Figueroa won and retained his world title.
El Gato was ranked #4 in the world and commands 3 minor regional titles. He has linked up with trainer and former world champion, James "Buddy" McGirt, hoping to get a world title shot for 2009. An opportunity at a title shot came when Figueroa faced former light welterweight champion Randall Bailey in an IBF title eliminator in early April 2009. Figueroa was knocked down in the opening round, but rallied back to score a flash knockdown in the second round. However, another right hand from Bailey sent Figueroa crashing to the canvas for the count in the 4th round.
Hector Alejandro, Jr
|New York State Title
Aug 17, 2005–Current
|WBC Intercontinental Mundo Hispano Title
Mar 23, 2006–Current
|NABF World title
July 28, 2007–Current