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 Last update:  8/17/2014       Read more by Rick Reeno            &
   
Figueroa Heading To 140, Leaves Linares Door Open
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By Rick Reeno

StubHub Center, Carson, California - Last night, Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 18 KOs) successfully retained his WBC lightweight title an exciting ninth-round knockout over determined mandatory challenger Daniel "Tremendo" Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs).

Following the fight, Figueroa made it clear that making 135-pounds was getting too tough for his body and he was very focused on moving up to the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds.

"No, not at all [I'm not staying at 135]. I'm moving up," Figueroa said. "It's just the weight. I feel that I'm going to be a million times stronger at 140. I'm way more comfortable there and I'll have much better camps."

"I didn't feel as strong and explosive as I usually do [in this fight]. It's just [making] 135, it takes too much out of me."

Also on the same card, Jorge "Niño De Oro" Linares (37-3, 24 KOs) scored a a second-round knockout over Ira Terry (26-12, 16 KOs).

Linares is the next challenger in line for Figueroa's title. With Figueroa mentally set for a move in weight, is a fight with Linares still possible? Apparently so, according to Figueroa.

"If the money is right, maybe I'll go down and do it, but making 135 is tough," Figueroa.

Tags: Jorge Linares , Omar Figueroa



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comment by B0XEO, on 08-18-2014
[QUOTE=MDPopescu]I understand that you are advertising for the Winning gloves? It's the second post you have about Figueroa wearing them. Do you label them as "orthopedic"?[/QUOTE] Winning is a very high quality brand of glove. They're arguably the best gloves you can get on the market in terms...

comment by BaDaBiNgVIP, on 08-18-2014
[QUOTE=The Big Dunn]I really like omar. I don't know if his style and hand problems are going to be effective at 140. That's said-him and provo,matthysse, broner or danny would be fights I'd love to see. Algieiri would be a good style matchup but he's busy now.[/QUOTE] big fan of Omar, but he wi...

comment by nycsmooth, on 08-17-2014
The LW ' s are not a strobg division.Above & below it is. I beleve the 3 losses Liares has are ko losses...Fighting Terry, a shop worn Tennessian showed nothing...Overall it was a very poor undercard...

comment by MDPopescu, on 08-17-2014
[QUOTE=daggum]figueroa has had 4 hbo/show fights and hasn't fought a soul. al haymon.[/QUOTE] He's young, doe... Who did Crawford fight until 2013? (I don't support Haymon here...)

comment by daggum, on 08-17-2014
figueroa has had 4 hbo/show fights and hasn't fought a soul. al haymon. i bet figuereo-salka is next.

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