Schaefer Eyes Omar Figueroa vs. Juan Diaz in Texas
By Rick Reeno
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has big plans in store for undefeated lightweight contender Omar Figueroa (22-0, 17KOs). Last month, the 23-year-old boxer captured the WBC's interim title with a sensational twelve round unanimous decision over Nihito Arakawa. Figueroa will become the full champion when Adrien Broner, the WBA's champion at 147-pounds, officially walks away from the division.
"Omar is going to become the full champion, once Adrien makes his decision on which division he plans to fight in, but I don't think [Broner is] going to stay at this weight," Schaefer said.
Figueroa has big following in the state of Texas, where his last three fights took place. Schaefer is very interested in staging a big Texas showdown between Figueroa and former champion Juan Diaz (37-4, 19KOs), who also has a big following in Texas.
Last week, Diaz returned to the ring in Laredo in the main event slot of a Top Rank promoted card. Diaz is reportedly working with Top Rank on a fight by fight basis.
"He's working with Top Rank on a fight by fight. He worked with us on a fight by fight. All of that means is that he's a free agent," Schaefer said.
feeding juan diaz to the younger figueroa...hopefulyl diaz can put up some sort of decent effort......Comment by boxing maniac on 09-02-2013
Honestly fig is way overrated. He hasn't fought anyone worth mentioning and I doubt he hits as hard as his record indicates . Diaz should not be in line for this fight and shouldn't get a shot at the interim…Comment by kiaba360 on 08-26-2013
[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;13686101]In a legit sport, yes it would be hard for diaz to land a title shot,,, but we are talking about boxing here, were cash and corruption rule,, just look at the garbage guys that get title shots,,,,…Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 08-26-2013
[QUOTE=kiaba360;13686066]For it to work, the sanctioning bodies would have to allow their titlist to fight him. Gamboa is in line to fight Abril. Figueroa is in line to fight Broner/Burns. Crawford is in line to fight Vasquez/Burns. I think it's…Comment by kiaba360 on 08-26-2013
[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;13685951]Your shooting to low my man,,, why would diaz fight omar fig before landing a big name fight,,,,,,, that would be like when morales cameback, won his 3 tune-ups and then decided to fight danny garcia who was…Post a Comment - View More User Comments (38)