Undefeated junior welterweight Omar Figueroa (25-0-1, 16 KO's) is ready to return to the ring on December 12th when he takes on Antonio Demarco on PBC on NBC. The fight is slotted in a primetime spot beginning at 830pm.
"I'm ready," said Figueroa. "Since I've moved up to 140 I've felt stronger than ever. This week in camp, after my sparring sessions, I've felt that I was connecting more and that my velocity and power has increased. My May fight was a good indication of what I can do and this fight against DeMarco will be another one. This weight division feels natural to me."
Figueroa last fought in May where he defeated Ricky Burns by unanimous decision in a toe to toe war. Despite coming out victorious there was controversy as to whether or not Figueroa should have gotten the decision. Figueroa will look to have a better outing this time around.
"Boxing is in my family's blood," he said. "My father, sister, brother and mother are all involved with either training or fighting. Being able to train at home, surrounded by my family is important to me. Everything I do is for my family and my community."
Growing up in both the U.S. and Mexico, Figueroa fought in over 200 amateur fights in Mexico and 100 in the U.S. before turning pro. A proud Mexican-American and Texan, the 25-year-old Figueroa is diversifying training this camp including sparring with a number of fighters from Texas as well as surrounding states.
"I'm sticking to the plan of training and conditioning this camp - cardio, sparring - but the big difference for me is really strengthening and taking care of my body through different preventative therapies. I'm icing, stretching and utilizing the Theraband in workouts. I'm also working with more recovery exercises - warm up and cool down, stimulation, ultrasound, I can tell my body and camp performance that it's changing my body."