Villa dominates Figueroa in Atlantic City
by Jesús Milano
Welterweight Roiman Villa (25-1, 24KO) made his U.S. debut with a victory over American Janelson Figueroa (17-1-1, 11KO) this Friday night.
The Venezuelan managed by Sampson Lewkowicz got a unanimous decision during the event broadcasted by Showtime and that took place at Bally’s Event Center, in Atlantic City. The scorecards were 78-73, 79-72 and 79-72, which gave Villa a good win in eight rounds.
The puncher showed his power early in the fight when he was able to knock Figueroa down with a combination in the second round. His opponent got up visibly hurt but was able to survive the round.
'Flaco de Oro' Villa carried the offense against a taller opponent who tried to counterattack and at times managed to connect with the South American. However, the sheer volume of Villa’s punches helped him stay on top and end up winning by decision.
It was the 25th win for the 29-year-old fighter, who has one loss and 24 knockouts. Figueroa, 23, lost his undefeated record and now has 17 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw and 11 knockouts. His only career defeat was a 12-round split decision loss to Marcos Villasana in 2019.