Advertisement

Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

De La Hoya: No Limit to Where Omar Figueroa Can Go

by David P. Greisman

Oscar De La Hoya believes that lightweight Omar Figueroa has a bright future ahead of him.

The 23-year-old prospect will be appearing on Showtime on July 27 as part of the network’s tripleheader. Figueroa will face Nihito Arakawa for the World Boxing Council’s interim title at 135 pounds. The bout will be on the undercard to Andre Berto vs. Jesus Soto Karass.

“Omar Figueroa is a guy who, every fight, every opponent we put him in against, he’s getting better and better,” said De La Hoya on a July 16 media conference call. “He’s passing the tests with flying colors, and now it’s time to step it up and step it up big time. July 27 is not going to be an easy night for him.”

Figueroa is coming off a dominant first-round knockout of Abner Cotto on the April 20 undercard to Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout. That win brought his record to 21-0-1 with 17 knockouts.

“These are difficult fights, but we feel comfortable that he will continue to pass these tests with flying colors,” De La Hoya said. “I don’t think there’s a limit to where he can go. Omar Figueroa has established an amazing fan base, especially after his knockout win April 20. Ever since we signed Omar Figueroa, he keeps on proving us wrong. He keeps on proving that he can be moved at a faster pace. He always tells me, ‘When am I going to get that world title?’ and he started asking me that after 10 fights. This is a kid that we feel is going to go very far.”

But first Figueroa will need to defeat Arakawa, who is listed on BoxRec.com as having a record of 24-2-1 with 16 knockouts. The 31-year-old lost a technical decision last November against Daniel Estrada, then bounced back this past May with a quick knockout of a designated opponent.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LightningRT on 07-16-2013

He should fight Crawford because the winner and maybe even the loser could mean a star is born. The Lightweights have not had a stacked division but these two guys are sure making noise. There would be fireworks. Put that…

Comment by mathed on 07-16-2013

Figueroa looks like he has an awkward style but he definitely has a lot of power.

Comment by puga on 07-16-2013

i agree , this kid is a beast ...

Comment by SkillspayBills on 07-16-2013

Man, when even the person writing the article has to go on boxrec just to find out who the **** you are you are most definitely a TOMATO CAN.

Comment by trank on 07-16-2013

[QUOTE=Rudiamonds;13563604]I liked the dude want to see him again with someone who willing to take a punch and fight back I def got him on the watch list I want to see him and Thurman... Flack a Berto[/QUOTE] Thurman???? isn't…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (12)
Top Headlines Zambrano: Marrero will find out he isn't as fast as he thinks he is Alvarez, Chavez Have Family Pride at Stake in Rematch Showdown Joshua Reflects on What He Learned From Sparring Klitschko Donnie Nietes Defeats Nantapech For IBF Flyweight Crown Frank Warren: Joshua Needs To Beat Wilder or Fury To Be King Joshua: No Fear of Klitschko; ‘Steppingstone Towards Greatness’ Mike Tyson Thinks Klitschko Can Win, Joshua Better Than Wilder Joshua Details Strategy to Limit Klitschko's Excessive Holding Daily Bread Mailbag: Berto, Canelo-Chavez, Klitschko-Joshua, More Quigg Has No Issue Going To Vegas For Santa Cruz or Mares Campbell: Rubio Being Blamed For Amir Khan's Loss Was Bullsh*t! SHO's Espinoza Wonders if UFC Really Want Mayweather-McGregor Video: Joseph Parker, Kevin Barry Talks Joshua-Klitschko, More Hearn: If Joshua Beats Klitschko, He's The Biggest Star in Boxing Anthony Dirrell Waits For Smith Date, Backs Klitschko To Win Does Joshua Have To Beat Klitschko For The Division To Flourish? Casey Ramos Bounces Back, Decision Miguel Beltran Over Ten Pacquiao: I Had a Dream of 'Controversial' Loss To Mayweather Chavez: I Was Inactive, Injured, Didn't Train - So Canelo Picked Me Klitschko Smiles: I Know What Joshua is Thinking, What He Will Do Photos: Zambrano-Marrero, Rosario-Gallimore - Official Weigh-In Former Opponent Reflects on How Joshua Ended His Career Joshua: This Could Be Easy, I Could Go in and Catch Klitschko Amir Khan: It Makes Sense To Fight Kell Brook Now! Bellew Claims Joshua Threatened Klitschko During Face To Face Photos: Canelo vs. Chavez - Their Brothers Are Ready For War! Casey Ramos Will Aim To Impress Against Beltran in Burbank Klitschko Says The Spirit of Steward Will Be With Him at Wembley D'Mitrius Ballard vs. Ulises Sierra - Golden Boy on ESPN, May 18 Kubrat Pulev Defeats Kevin Johnson, Eyes Joshua-Klitschko Winner Tyson Fury: Back To Training, On a Mission To Set Record Straight Lennox Lewis: Joshua is Backed By Entire Country, I Never Was Wilder to Bellew Face-to-Face: You Ain't Dealt With This Power! Klitschko: I Never Seen Joshua Look So Big, He's Schwarzenegger Joshua Annoyed With Klitschko Saying Wembley Card is "His Event" Amir Khan: Joshua Seems Very Nervous, Hope He Doesn't Freeze Hearn: Fight This Tough Should've Come Much Later for Joshua Joe Cordina: To Have Hearn, Sky Backing Me Is Amazing Photos: Quigg-Simion, Campbell-Perez, Taylor-Meinke - Weigh-In Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko - Ready For Battle
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement