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Boxing returns to Nassau Coliseum for first time in 31 years with Omar Figueroa vs. Robert Guerrero

Fans line up to see Billy Joel perform

Fans line up to see Billy Joel perform at the renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Boxing will return to renovated Nassau Coliseum for the first time in 31 years when welterweights Omar Figueroa and Robert Guerrero square off on a July 15 Premier Boxing Champions card that will be televised by Fox Sports. Two Long Island-based fighters, light heavyweight Sean Monaghan and heavyweight Adam Kownacki, are featured on what promises to be a lively undercard.

“Boxing’s grand return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is going to be wall-to-wall action,” promoter Lou DiBella said in a statement. “The main event between Omar Figeuroa and Robert Guerrero is destined to be a bloody slugfest . . . As a Long Islander, I am proud to promote the first fight card at Nassau Coliseum in 31 years. [It] will be a fun, action-packed night of boxing entertainment from beginning to end; the remainder of the card will be stacked with old-school brawls, including local talent.”

The last fight at the Coliseum featured upcoming heavyweight Mike Tyson scoring a third-round knockout of Steve Zouski on March 10, 1986. The main event on July 15 will be far more competitive, matching former world champions Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) and Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) as both try to position themselves for a title shot at a higher weight class than their previous titles.

Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs) of Long Beach faces the toughest challenge of his career in former Olympian Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) of Staten Island in a matchup of unbeaten light-heavyweight contenders.

“It is a dream come true to be fighting at the Coliseum, which is literally right next to the track where I run every day,” Monaghan said in the statement. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time, and I feel this bout will bring a new chapter in my career. I have a lot of respect for Marcus Browne, but let the best man win.”

Said Browne, “We might be in Seanie’s immediate backyard, but I’m just down the block, so he really isn’t any more at home than I am. “I am ready to display my talent on national television and continue my climb toward a world title.”

Kownacki (15-0, 12 KOs), who lives in Brooklyn but trains in Bellmore with Keith Trimble, also will be facing the most difficult fight of his career against Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs), who lost to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder by a ninth-round knockout in his last bout 16 months ago.

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