Former 140-pound contender Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa (20-3-1, 13 KOs) is eager to the return to the ring after a two-year hiatus.
The former NABF light welterweight title holder, who has not fought since battling to a draw with Rashad Holloway in late 2009, is chomping at the bit to swap leather with anyone at 140 - 145 pounds.
“I‘ve been looking for a fight for over three months now, so I’m ready to get back in there,” said Figueroa. “I’m on weight and in fight mode.”
Figueroa, best known for his slick southpaw style, was on the brink of a world title shot in April of 2009 when he met the hard-punching Randall Bailey in an IBF eliminator. After three-and-a-half close rounds, Bailey caught Figueroa with a sharp right hand, knocking out the New York native for the first time in his career.
But Figueroa, who runs “12 Rounds of Fitness,” his own personal training service, is in incredible shape for his return and is confident a second crack at the big stage will turn out differently.
“To beat anything in life, you need to technically break it down with science,” said Figueroa, whose fitness regime includes hour-long runs and coutnless ab rollers. "And when you break things down, you have to do it all the way down to the molecule and atom.”
Figueroa, a promotional and managerial free agent, says he’s willing to travel to his opponent’s backyards to secure big fights. He is confident that 2012 will be his biggest year to date.
“Game time is over. I’m ready to get my limelight back.”
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