Omar Figueroa stopped Abner Cotto in the first round of their chief undercard bout to the Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout junior middleweight championship on Saturday in San Antonio. Figueroa dropped his fellow unbeaten lightweight prospect twice before it was stopped.
Saul Alvarez: “On Saturday, after defeating [Austin] Trout, I will raise my hand and my belt and will be thinking of my brother. That belt is his.”
Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin claims that he will handle unbeaten WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin in similar fashion to how Bernard Hopkins knocked out then-undefeated Felix Trinindad in the 12th round.
Unbeaten junior middleweight beltholders Saul Alvarez and Austin Trout will visit three Texas cities on a two-day press tour to announce their Showtime-televised WBC/WBA title unification bout set for April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.