PBC on FS1 Jamal James vs Jo Jo Dan & Brandon Figueroa vs Fatiou Fassinou
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale New York featured an excellent card of contenders and champions.
The first fight up on the card on the Fox Sports North telecast (after the main fights) was Brandon Figueroa (12-0, 8KO's) vs Fatiou Fassinou (28-6-3, 15KO's). Referee was Arthur Mercante Jr. In the first round Figueroa came out super aggressive, looking just like his older brother as we have seen in the past. He was bulling Fassinou into the ropes and hurt him with a right hook to the body. Figueroa smelled blood and unloaded more punches in bunches to close out the round. Fassinou was on unsteady legs throughout the second round as Figueroa continued to break him down further bit by bit, or should I say chunk by chunk. It looked like it was only a matter of time now before Fassinou would crumble under the pressure but to my surprise he hung in there, showing great conditioning and ability to continue fighting even if overmatched and hurt early on. Figueroa continued pressing but was trying to pace himself more in the mid rounds. He also was having trouble landing flush as soon as Fassinou got on his wheels a bit more and then recovered. Fassinou barely made it through the onslaught of Figueroa in the seventh round and it was more of the same story in the eighth round as Figueroa went for the knockout with everything he had. Perhaps if it was any referee but Mercante Jr the fight may have been stopped but Mercante allowed the fighters to go to the bell in final minute of the eighth round as Figueroa had Fassinou on the ropes and hurt. It was a great finish to the fight, with Figueroa showing that he is "must see tv" (said by Ray Flores commentating) just like his older brother. Figueroa would win the shutout decision.
Main event time featuring Jamal Shango James (20-1, 9KO's) vs Jo Jo Dan (36-4, 19KO's). The referee was Eddie Claudio. In the first round James was using his height and reach to his advantage as he caught Dan coming in and trying to close the distance. In the second round James simply could not miss with his jabs and right hands. Dan got a little biut more aggressive but it simply caused him to walk right into James' traps. James was firing and turning beautifully, getting out of range and causing Dan to have to reset. In the coming rounds it was more of the same with the caveat that Dan was reaching the target more as the rounds went by. James was standing his ground at times and sitting down on his shots and Dan was showing signs of wear and tear by the time the fifth round came on. Dan looked like he may have been on his way out but surprisingly Dan came on strong in the sixth round and was targeting the body of James. He hurt James to the body and had James a bit deflated to end the round. Dan had a renewed sense of energy after hurting James and carried the momentum into the seventh round where he further hurt James to the body. James was bending over at the waist, trying to not get hit any more to the body but Dan just continued coming forward and targeting what was suddenly working. Going down the stretch in the ninth and tenth rounds James found his second wind and went back to being the ring general. Dan looked a bit beaten up and tired and while it's not that James was not showing the effects of a hard fight it's simply that he was able to gut through it and keep his output high. He would win the UD in a solid win for him to get him back in the win column.