Schaefer confirms opponents for Figueroa, Thurman and Matthysse on April 26

Phil Jay 25/03/2014

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed to WBN that WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa will make the first defence of his title against Texan Jerry Belmontes on April 26 as part of a triple-header involving Keith Thurman and Lucas Matthysse.

The 24 year-old, who was handed the green belt by the WBC after inactivity by former title holder Adrien Broner, has been recovering from injury – but now returns at the StubHub Center in Carson next month.

Opponent Belmontes, 25, will participate in his maiden world championship fight on the back of out-pointing previously unbeaten Australian Will Tomlinson on the undecard of Canelo v Angulo earlier this month.

Big-hitting Thurman will aim to keep up his standout run at welterweight as the Clearwater fighter puts his perfect 22-0 record on the line against ex-lightweight world champion Julio Diaz.

The 25 year-old is said to be one of the also-ran’s who could break into the reckoning to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in either of his final two fights in 2015, but may need to claim a world title this year to improve his chances.

The final fight of the treble is the return of rugged Argentine Lucas Matthysse, who will attempt to put the hurtful memory of his failed world title bid against Danny Garcia behind him against John Molina.

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