News coming from America last night was that WBC Lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (22-0-1, 17) has failed to recover form a hand injury and been ruled out of his fight with Ricardo Alvarez (23-2-3, 14) and as a result the WBC title eliminator between Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16) and Jorge Linares (35-3, 23) will be moved from "Showtime Extreme" to being part of the PPV card.
The Arakawa/Linares fight joins the very exciting looking contest between Mexican slugger Alfredo Angulo and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as well as a bout between the always enjoyable to watch Leo Santa Cruz and Cristian Mjiares.
Arakawa, fighting on US soil for the second time, will be hoping to come back with a victory. Last year he went to the US and lost in a thriller with Figueroa, it was that bout that saw Figueroa damage his hand and it appears that the exciting America may never be the same man again.
As for Linares this will be his fifth bout in the US though so far he has flattered to disappoint American audiences. His skills have impressed in flashes but over-all he hasn't quite been able to click and a loss to Antonio DeMarco is probably the lasting impressions American's have of him. It's clear that Linares will be trying to impress and we wish both Jorge and Nihito the best in what we view as potentially the fight of the night.
Whilst the obvious fight to watch closely is the Arakawa/Linares contest it's worth keeping an eye on the Santa Cruz contest as well as it's obvious WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will be eyeing up the winner for a contest later this year.
(Picture, of Nihito Arakawa, is courtesy of http://boxingnews.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!