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Diaz-Figueroa on the horizon?

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Things seem to be heating up between Juan Diaz and Omar Figueroa.

Since ending his three year retirement, Juan Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs), has been brought along slowly in order to get back to his old form. Being strategically matched with a few soft touches has been the key to Diaz regaining the confidence he once had. After winning all four of his comeback bouts, Diaz has his sights set on another fighter from the lone star state, Omar Figueroa.

At 24 years of age, Omar Figueroa (27-0, 17 KOs), has been steadily making a name for himself in boxing by providing spectacular fights with his crowd friendly style. His memorable slugfest against Nihito Arakawa in July of last year captured the attention of the entire boxing world. Figueroa’s toe-to-toe slugfest performance that night in San Antonio quenched the thirst of several boxing fans that had been looking for another exciting fighter to hang their hat on since Diaz’s departure.

A meeting between the two would be a great event for the Lone Star State. Diaz is back, refreshed, and is looking to remind his fans that he still is the same exciting fireball he once was before he ran into the buzzsaw known as Juan Manuel Marquez.

With the cold war between Top Rank and Golden Boy seemingly over, the stars just might be aligning for these two to finally step into the squared circle. Diaz is currently with Top Rank, and Figueroa is with Golden Boy (Diaz’s former employer)

On a recent interview with owner Shawn Craddick, Diaz had some choice words for Figueroa and a potential bout.

That’s one of the fight’s I’ve been salivating for even before I signed with Top Rank. I believe the he and I would make a great fight. Plus , right now all of the people in Texas are saying that he is the next Texas star and he’s the next guy who’s gonna represent Texas….screw that. I’m still here, I’m the man, I believe that title should be mine. I would love to fight him. I’d fight him in San Antonio, it doesn’t matter. I know that I can beat Omar Figueroa. He’s not going to be able to withstand the pressure that I apply, and the skills that I have.

A fight with this much potential for action needs to be made immediately. Hopefully the powers that be from both promotional companies can make this happen. One things for sure, I'll be there when it does.

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