Omar Figueroa likely out till next year with hand injury

By Ryan Burton 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

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 09-25-2013

there's some good 1's @ '35 4 Omar when he's well...he's all action/no defense...fortunate 4 him the Japanese had no opponents named but I'l throw in John Molina...

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 09-24-2013

Good little fighter. I was looking foward in seeing him again on his next bout. I hope that problem won't be a lingering one

Comment by MDPopescu on 09-24-2013

[QUOTE=richardt;13777041]That's unfortunate that [B]one of the most exciting fighters[/B] in the world has to be out of Boxing for a while longer.[/QUOTE] I agree with you: it's a real pleasure to see Figueroa kid working. Unfortunately he injured his hands…

Comment by dnut17 on 09-23-2013

Kids a knockout waiting to happen. I hope he trains on footwork and head movement with all that time off.

Comment by LOWBLOW_CHAMP on 09-23-2013

[QUOTE=ElMeroChingon;13777212]Get off your high horse. Every fighter does not have the same skills, athletic, ability, trainer or opportunities. Fighters like him have to make a living with what they have, just like everyone else, people like to act like they're…

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