Omar Figueroa was once a standout amateur, then a hotshot prospect and then a world champion, and is now a former world champion. No, the Weslaco, Texas native has never been defeated in the ring. However, his battles with demons outside of the ring has had him down longer than any other opponent. Figueroa is now 29-years-old and his time is now and his road for redemption begins this weekend at the Microsoft Theater, in Los Angeles. Figueroa is still a special talent, with a fan-friendly style, but hasn’t fought in 19 months and has fought just once since the end of 2015. Despite the hyper inactivity, the tough Texan hasn’t lost his confidence saying “I don’t think this goes past six rounds. I’m confident about that. We’re going to be ready for anything Molina brings. I’ve been doing a lot of healing physically, mentally and spiritually. I’m looking to show on Saturday that I’ve got everything together.” The showdown is expected to be an all-action slugfest.
The undercard for the Errol Spence-Mikey Garcia PPV is shaping up and three undercard bouts have been confirmed. The card will feature David Benavidez, who at just 20-years-old becomes the youngest 168-pound champions ever when he defeated Ronald Gravil. Benavidez was downgraded to “champion in recess” by the WBC upon testing positive for cocaine. The card will also feature undefeated heavyweight prospect Jean Pierre Augustin who will battle fan favorite Chris Arreola. Former Mexican Bantamweight champ Luis Neary will also return to the ring against McJoe Arroyo in a renewing of the Mexico/Puerto Rico rivalry.
Lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren says he’ll be making an announcement next Monday, according to sources the announcement is believed to confirm that Fury will rematch with current WBC heavyweight belt holder Deontay Wilder and that The fight could be taking place on May 18 in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, the MGM Grand is still being considered. The first fight brought in 325,000 pay-per-view buys The second is projected to do even better. Increasing the importance to reach a deal before its pushed to purse bids by the WBC.