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Omar Figueroa Admits 'Hands Will Always Be an Issue'

By Edward Chaykovsky

This coming Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California - undefeated Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, will defend his WBC lightweight world championship against mandatory challenger Daniel "Tremendo" Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.

Figueroa has been plagued with hand injuries since early last year, which have caused moments of inactivity in his career and cancellations of scheduled fights.

He admits the issues with his hands will likely never go away and hopes they hold up on Saturday.  

"My hands will always be an issue. We will find out how long they last me on Saturday. I hope they last me long enough to get rid of my opponent. If not, then I will have to suck it up," Figueroa said.

Estrada is coming to make it a high impact fight, which is something that Figueroa is looking forward to.

"I haven't looked at any footage of Estrada but my father tells me that he is a straight forward kind of guy. He will get punched a lot and I have to be prepared for that. I am trained in a certain way that will give me the opportunity to exploit his weaknesses. I will focus a lot on the body like I always do," Figueroa said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tyler_Durden on 08-14-2014

Omar Figueroa is always a stand up guy with a true heart of a warrior, I wish him the best and hope that his hands don't give him any issues ever again.

Comment by St. Johns Gent on 08-14-2014

I think Estrada wins, Estrada is not a straightforward fighter, he's a good mid range fighter, if Panterita makes it an inside fight I think he'll win but otherwise Estrada could use his aggression against him and counter all night…

Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 08-14-2014

cant knock the kid, he fights his style. he not going to use distance and outbox you. hes not a devastating puncher. he is volume puncher period. stand in front of him and he wil let his hands go. thats…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-14-2014

I really like Figueroa and hate to see this. It will be hard for him to continue to fight the way he does with hand issues.

Comment by boxing maniac on 08-14-2014

This guy is the worst champ I've ever seen ....full of excuses for not performing well. Hasn't fought anyone yet to warrant having that belt NO SKILLS WHAT SO EVER !

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