Today’s big 3:
The Top Three biggest headlines in Boxing Today
#3: Omar Figueroa predicts early KO: With Keith Thurman being out for so long the welterweight division has been missing a major player, but it as also has been without all-action former lightweight champion Omar Figueroa, who is now 29-years-old and aimed for a comeback at 147. His only fight in the last three years was at the weight making easy work of former welterweight champ Robert Guerrero, dropping him a total of six times en route to scoring a third-round TKO. Figueroa is the only man to stop the former champ, something Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia, and Keith Thurman were all unable to do. Proving he could carry his punching power up in weight classes. The win over Guerrero is his only fight in the past three-plus years, but Figueroa has previous wins over Antonio Demarco and Ricky Burns. He captured the WBC lightweight strap all the way back in 2013 by dropping and then outpointing Nihito Arakawa. The Texan is scheduled to be back in the ring in February against all-action veteran John Molina Jr, in what should be a fan-friendly slugfest. The Texas-based fighter known as Panterita has brash words for his opponent saying “Molina won’t make it to the halfway point for sure, so I don’t even think it will go past four…Obviously, as the saying goes, we don’t get paid for overtime, so the sooner I can get out of there the better.”
#2. Rigo Returns– Two time Olympic gold medalist, former 122-pound world champ and pound for pound elite has an official comeback date and opponent finally set in stone. The Cuban technician will face journeyman Giovanni Delgado on January 13th on a PBC card. El Chacal will battle Delgado in a 10 round affair in the 122-pound weight class, on the undercard of super middleweight world titlist Jose Uzcategui’s mandatory defense against Caleb Plant at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m. ET). Delgado (16-8) has been used to gauge top-notch prospects. In his last three fights he took on Manny Rodrigues than Brandon Figuerora and Joshua Greer Jr and was stopped in all three fights. He’s also been in with Jo-Jo Diaz and Diego De La Hoya. Rigo should pick up the W, but based on his experience Delgado should offer up some resistance
#1. Spence says Mikey looks like he’s on steroids. IBF welterweight Champ Errol “The Truth” Spence has called into question a recent fighter of Mikey Garcia. Garcia, who is scheduled to fight Spence for his IBF belt in March is looking tremendously jacked in the picture and much bigger then he was just a few months ago when he fought Robert Easter Jr. Garcia is a four-division world champ. He started at 126 pounds and moving up to 147 combined with his relationship with steroid kingpin Victor Conte has caused many, including Spence, to question the weight gain of the younger Garcia Brother. Spence said of his next opponent “In two weeks, [Mikey] got swoll and look like Kangaroo Jack on steroids.” As of today, both fighters have agreed to VADA testing.