All-action former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. acknowledged the difficult test in front of him when he faces former world champion Sergey Lipinets in a 12-round WBC Super Lightweight Title Eliminator headlining live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, August 20 from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. in a Premier Boxing Champions Event. (photos by Esther Lin)
At Thursday’s press conference, Figueroa admitted he was teeming with excitement and eager to show the fruits of a great training camp, while Lipinets believes he and Figueroa have the styles to produce a fan-friendly clash.
The press conference also featured top 140-pounders Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov, who square off for the vacant WBA Super Lightweight World Championship in the co-main event, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Roger Gutierrez and unbeaten Hector Garcia ahead of their world title showdown and unbeaten prospect Brandun Lee and Will Madera, who kick off the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Puello and Garcia, both hometown friends from the Dominican Republic, are hoping to bring about arguably the greatest day in Dominican boxing history with title-winning efforts, while Akhmedov and Gutierrez hope to stymie them and produce their own highlights and milestones.