On March 17, undefeated
Rita Figueroa put on a boxing clinic, as she systematically
broke down and battered stubborn Eva Lidia Silva, stopping
her at 55 seconds into round six. To her credit, Silva never stopped
The first round
provided a strong hint of things to come, as a relaxed Figueroa
dominated with the effective aggression, stepping deftly to the side
and back, covering well when needed, and throwing crisp, pinpoint
accurate blows throughout. Although both were equally busy, she was
the one landing the punches. Silva snapped her head back with a lone
right, but Figueroa shrugged it off.
In the second,
Figueroa snapped Silva’s head back with a right and hurt her with a
to outland from the third onward, while Silva swung back hard,
occasionally landing the hard hook to the body. However, it was all
Figueroa, who continued to land regularly.
In the fourth, a
left hook dumped Silva onto the ropes. Figueroa began battering her
seriously to the head on the ropes for the last minute of the round
with rights over the top and down the middle, sending a mop of
unruly hair flying.
five, Figueroa nearly doubled her over with a straight right to
the solar plexus, as she broke down and battered her stubborn
opponent. This battering continued into the sixth and final
round, where a straight left snapped Silva’s head back
Pete Podgorski had seen enough, stopping the bout at 55
seconds into round six.
said afterwards, “It was a good fight. She’s a tough girl.
She’s young! She’s my daughter’s age, for goodness sakes!”
report, including many photos from Jorge