By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com recently spoke to interim WBC lightweight champion Omar "Panterita" Figueroa. Figueroa won the title on July 27th in a "Fight of the Year" candidate against Nihito Arakawa. The original plan was for Figueroa to return to the ring in either November or December but Figueroa injured both of his hands in the fight and said that he doesn't think they will be healed in time to take another fight this year.
"Unfortunately I don't think I will be back this year. I am excited for my next fight. You know I want to put my new confidence (from going 12 rounds for the first time) to work but I have to rest to my hands. Just doing certain maneuvers with my hands and they still hurt," Figueroa told BoxingScene.com.
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