Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Figueroa, Arce back in the ring
By Dan Rafael
A trio of boxing notes:
• Lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KOs) was ordered make his mandatory defense against Daniel Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs) on Tuesday. If the sides to not make a deal, the WBC announced a purse bid will be held June 6 in Mexico City. Figueroa made his first defense on April 26, claiming a split decision win against Jerry Belmontes.
• Zanfer Promotions announced a June 14 tripleheader from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico on which former four-division titlist Jorge Arce (63-7-2, 48 KOs) and former flyweight titleholder Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (37-4, 26 KOs), two of boxing’s most consitently crowd pleasing fighters, will appear in separate bouts against opponents to be determined. The card will also include junior featherweight Daniel Rosas (17-1-1, 11 KOs) against an opponent to be named.
• Chicago super middleweight Donovan George, initially scheduled to fight June 20 on promoter Bobby Hitz’s “Fight Night” club card in Hammond, Ind., is off the show because he got a much better opportunity. Hitz announced that George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) will instead head to Bogota, Colombia to challenger Alexander Brand (22-1, 18 KOs) for a minor world title.
"I've been in the gym training for a June fight, but when this fight presented itself a couple of days ago I took it,” George said. “You don't pass up a title shot, ever. This is why I stay in shape, stay ready.”