StubHub Center, Carson, California - In the opening bout on SHOWTIME EXTREME, former two-division world champion Jorge "Niño De Oro" Linares (37-3, 24 KOs) may have earned himself a shot at WBC 135-pound champ Figueroa with a second-round knockout over Ira Terry (26-12, 16 KOs), of Memphis, Tenn. After dominating the first round, Linares connected with a solid straight right hand that put Terry down on the seat of his pants. The referee didn't bother to count.
Linares, who won a WBC eliminator earlier this year, is now hoping to face Figueroa. The only issue right now is that Figueroa is seriously contemplating a jump in weight to 140-pounds. Figueroa fought on the same card, stopping mandatory challenger Daniel Estrada in the ninth round.
“This was the kind of fight I didn’t expect but that I wanted,’’ Linares said. “I was able to watch tapes of+ him extensively so I was well prepared. That was a good straight right hand I landed on him. Once I connected I knew it was over.’’
"I definitely want to fight [Figueroa]. That’s why I was here and took this fight. I’m just waiting for my opportunity."