Ricky Burns to battle Omar Figueroa on May 9

02/04/2015 08:54

Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs)  will fight former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) on May 9 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Former two-division world champion Burns will be fighting at 140 pounds for the second time in a row after an eight-round points win over Alexandre Lepelley in October in his last outing.

Burns said: “I can’t wait for this fight. Ever since it was confirmed, I’ve been absolutely buzzing in the gym.

"I’ve had some great nights in Scotland, winning and defending my world titles but I have always wanted to box in America. Our styles gel perfectly for one hell of a fight, neither of us take a step back – bring on May 9!”

The Scotsman will be looking to return to the form that saw him defeat the likes of Roman Martinez, Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell, when he meets American Figueroa, who vacated his 135-pound title because he could no longer make the weight.

Figueroa said: "I am so excited to be bringing this huge event to my hometown. It is my dream to fight on such a big stage and bring this kind of attention to Hidalgo.
"My fans have supported me from day one, and I plan on showing them how grateful I am with a stellar performance on May 9.”

Also on the card, Britain's Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs), who holds the “regular” WBA bantamweight title, will challenge WBO champion Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) of Japan, in a unification bout.