After Years Away, Figueroa to Fight At Home

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Updated: April 1, 2015
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The news finally broke of where Omar “Panterita” Figueroa’s next fight is going to be. State Farm Arena in Hidalgo will be hosting Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions fight series on Saturday, May 9th and will be televised nationally on CBS. Boxing is making a huge return to national television thanks to Al Haymon and his new brand. And leading the assault on American audiences will be no other than the fighting pride of Weslaco, TX.

Fightnews.com published a brief article last night declaring the fight to have landed in Hidalgo. Boxrec.com has also updated their site to inform readers that the Warriors Boxing Promotions card does indeed finally have a home. This comes amidst a swirl of rumors that the card, which was originally said to be held in Hidalgo, would be relocated to San Antonio on that same date.
While an official press conference is to be held tomorrow afternoon to put all rumors to rest one thing appears to be for sure. Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KO’s) will be facing off against former WBO super featherweight and former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KO’s). Burns will be travelling halfway around the world to face off against the former WBC lightweight champion.

Figueroa will be entering the squared circle for the first time since last August when he successfully defended his green strap against mandatory challenger Daniel Estrada. In what was a difficult fight for him, Figueroa managed to overcome a nasty cut over his left eye in the 8th round (which would keep him out for an elongated period of time) and mustered up the will and strength to blast Estrada away in the 9th. It was his second title defense since winning the title in a “Fight of the Year” candidate back in the summer of 2013 against Nihito Arakawa.

Opposite of him will stand a fighting Scot who is desperately seeking to revive his boxing career and also increase his monetary assets. Burns was last seen in October defeating Alexandre Lepelley by unanimous decision, is 1-2-1 in his last 4 bouts (yet we all know Ray Beltran got robbed in that atrocious “Draw”). Burns, however, can take solace that not everyone would battle with a broken jaw for over half a 12-round fight, something which he did against Beltran in that controversial affair. Burns will also head into the fight with the edge in experience as he not only has a higher amount of fights and rounds but also a larger pool of championship rounds, having faced the likes of Terence Crawford, Jose Gonzalez, Kevin Mitchell, Paulus Moses, Michael Katsidis, Nicky Cook, and Roman Martinez.

Both fighters will be fighting for the first time at the 140-pound limit.

According to www.boxrec.com a couple of world championship bouts will also be on the card. In what appears to be an excellent matchup on paper, WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KO’s) will be putting his crown on the line against WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-0, 19 KO’s) in a title unification matchup. Austin “No Doubt” Trout (28-2, 15 KO’s) is supposedly also scheduled to face Australia’s Anthony Mundine (47-6, 27 KO’s) for the WBC silver super welterweight title.

Javier Cantu may be reached at javier.cantu.1984@gmail.com

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