Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Figueroa, Mora line up fights
By Dan Rafael
Junior welterweight prospect Omar Figueroa and former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora both will be in action on a couple of recently announced fight cards:
• The all-action Figueroa (19-0-1, 15 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, will headline a March 2 card (Fox Sports Net/Fox Deportes) at Our Lady of the Lake University Wellness & Activities Center in San Antonio. Figueroa will face Henry Aurad (14-6-1, 11 KOs) of Colombia in a scheduled eight-rounder. Also on the card will be Houston junior middleweight prospect Jermall Charlo (11-0, 7 KOs), the twin brother of fellow prospect Jermell Charlo, in an eight-rounder; and Dallas welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, in a four-rounder. Their opponents are not set.
• Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs), a former winner of "The Contender" reality series who later won a 154-pound world title, will travel to the Phoenix area (venue to be announced) to face hometown fighter Jesus Gonzalez in a middleweight bout on April 19. Mora will be looking to rebound from his majority decision loss to Brian Vera in their rematch last August. Gonzalez (27-2, 14 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since last February, when Adonis Stevenson knocked him out cold in the first round of a super middleweight title eliminator in Montreal.
"Jesus had a rough night against Stevenson in Canada, but he has been preparing for this return and is ready to make an impact at middleweight," said Ralph Velez Jr. of FanBase Promotions. "The power he brings to the middleweight division makes him an instant title contender."
The fight could wind up on ESPN2, which is considering picking up the card for that date.