WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa is back in the ring this Saturday night as the Texan looks to put his well documented hand problems behind him against Daniel Estrada.
The 24 year-old was forced to pull out of pay-per-view appearance on the Canelo v Angulo undercard in March due to the injuries, but went through with an April clash with Jerry Belmontes and came out on top via a split decision.
Figueroa says he can never be fully confident that the problem will eventually be one hundred percent, but hopes that his fists hold up long enough to get the job done against the tough Mexican.
“My hands will always be an issue. We will find out how long they last me on Saturday. I hope they last me long enough to get rid of my opponent. If not, then I will have to suck it up,” admitted Figueroa.
“Training is six days a week for three hours and then a jog. I can’t put on too much muscle because then I won’t be able to make weight. Training and dieting is very hard, but I am proud of myself because I actually kept up with it.
“I haven’t looked at any footage of Estrada but my father tells me that he is a straight forward kind of guy. He will get punched a lot and I have to be prepared for that. I am trained in a certain way that will give me the opportunity to exploit his weaknesses. I will focus a lot on the body like I always do.”
The lightweight bout forms part of a huge night of boxing on Showtime headlined by Shawn Porter v Kell Brook and co-featured by Sakio Bika v Anthony Dirrell II, along with an appearance by hard-hitting heavyweight Deontay Wilder.
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