All action, must see fighter, Omar Figueroa, of Weslaco, TX, has officially withdrawn from the Canelo-Angulo Toe to Toe card scheduled this Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
According to Bad Left Hook, reports began to surface from the Figueroa camp late Friday, early Saturday morning that the lightweight titlist had injured his hand, and could not compete on the PPV undercard. That information has become official as of Saturday, March 1, 2014. ESPN's Dan Rafael has also confirmed Figueroa has been pulled from the lineup.
Figueroa was scheduled to fight Ricardo Alvarez, in a WBC world lightweight title defense. Alvarez is the older brother of headliner Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Figueroa initially injured his hand in an all out war against Japan's Nihito Arakawa last July at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. Both, Figueroa and Arakawa, have been out of action since.
Golden Boy Promotions wants to keep Alvarez on the card against a replacement, just not on the PPV as Figueroa may be too big of a name to replace on such a short notice. Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa will take the place of the Figueroa-Alvarez fight on the PPV portion of the event.
The main event of the card will see former junior-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez attempt to bounce back, after being routed by Floyd Mayweather last September, against tough Mexican power puncher Alfredo Angulo.