OMAR FIGUEROA INJURY LEADS TO LINE-UP SWITCH FOR THIS WEEKEND'S PPV
Press Release: A lightweight fight between Jorge Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) and Japanese warrior Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) has been elevated to open the pay-per-view broadast of the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo event this Saturday, March 8th, (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The ten-round match was promoted to pay-per-view status after an injury to Omar Figueroa forced the cancellation of his lightweight bout against Ricardo Alvarez.
The undefeated Figueroa injured his left hand during training last Friday. Ricardo Alvarez, older brother of Canelo, will remain on the card and meet Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs), of Cancun, Mexico, in the top 10-round bout on the non-televised portion of Saturday's big fight card at MGM Grand.
Thompson, 30, has triumphed in 14 of his last 15 fights, winning all 14 by knockout. In his most recent outing, he registered a first-round knockout over junior welterweight Cesar Chavez (21-4 going in) last Dec. 14. The power-punching Thompson scored an impressive second-round TKO over Linares in March 2012.
In Saturday's 12-round main event, former world 154-pund champion and Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO's) will face dangerous and determined countryman Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (22-3, 18 KO's) in a super welterweight bout. The two world title fights on pay-per-view will match undefeated two-division world champion and current WBC 122-pound titleholder Leo "Terremoto" SantaCruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) against former three-time champion Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) and IBF 154-pound titlist "King" Carlos Molina (22-5-2,
6 KOs) against Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs).