Omar Figueroa: On Saturday I'm looking to Shutting Belmontes up for Good



"One difference between when Belmontes and I used to fight and now is that I'm a full-grown man. Now, I have the size advantage. I've sparred with the likes of Amir Khan, Tim Bradley, the late Edwin Valero and Julio Diaz. Working with them has helped me cover all my bases and now I'm a world champion.


"Jerry's been talking forever about fighting me. But it hasn't just been a one-way street. I've been wanting to fight him, too, since the amateurs. Believe me, it got to the point where I would have settled just to spar a few rounds with him. I'm very vengeful when it comes to boxing.


"On Saturday, I'm looking forward to shutting him up for good. To be able to do it on television and get paid for it, well, what's better than that? My goal in every fight is to punish my opponent and hurt them. 


"I had a hard fight against (Nihito) Arakawa in my last fight but I think I showed I could deal with a great deal of adversity and still win. I hurt both my hands in the fight which is why I had to cancel a title defense. But my hands feel great now and my preparation for this fight has been great.''


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