LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, April 26, Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC Lightweight World Championship against fellow Texan Jerry "The Corpus Christi Kid" Belmontes as part of a Showtime televised tripleheader from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
"I am especially excited about this fight because I have wanted to get payback against Belmontes for longer than a decade," said Figueroa. "I fought him in the amateurs and he always beat me because I was always shorter than him. Now I am taller, stronger and bigger than him and I am looking to beat him the way he beat me in the amateurs."
"I beat Omar 5 times in the amateurs but it was just that, the amateurs, we were young," said Belmontes. "We have taken different paths as professionals and finally they cross and we meet again... on April 26, he'll be beaten... for the 6th time".
Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale tomorrow/Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 877-234-8425.
Seen for years as the future of boxing, the time for Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. (22-0-1, 17 KOs) is now. In his last fight, an epic win over Nihito Arakawa last July, Figueroa won the WBC Lightweight World title in a Fight of the Year candidate. The 24-year-old of Weslaco, Texas, was scheduled to face Ricardo Alvarez on the March 8 Canelo vs. Angulo PPV event but sustained an injury in training that forced him to withdraw. On April 26, the fiery competitor returns to defend his crown for the first time against Jerry Belmontes.
Jerry "The Corpus Christi Kid" Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs) proudly represents his hometown in and out of the ring, but it was his effort in the ring in March 2014 that earned him a shot at Figueroa. In that fight he won a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Australian contender Will Tomlinson. Now, more confident than ever, the 25-year-old plans on delivering another upset win on April 26.