The World Boxing Council has released a statement regarding the next compulsory defence for lightweight world title holder Omar Figueroa.
World Boxing News were told the news on Tuesday as the WBC named David Estrada as the next in line to challenge the young champion.
Figueroa, 24, is just ten days on from his first successful defence in which the Texan out-pointed Jerry Belmontes in a hard-fought clash at the StubHub Center.
‘Panterita’ is now 23-0-1 with 17 KO’s following the split decision victory, having been handed the title on the back of ex-champion Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner being stripped earlier this year.
Chicago-based Estrada has been treading water since defeating Nihito Arakawa in November 2012, only choosing to fight against lower-ranked contenders to keep his high rating in tact.
The 29 year-old is finally set to be begin his chance after the WBC gave the two parties one month to negotiate a deal.
‘The WBC has notified lightweight world champion Omar Figueroa and mandatory challenger Daniel Estrada that the period for free negotiations has begun.
If no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014. in Mexico City.’ – World Boxing Council, May 6, 2014.
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