Francisco "El Gato" Figueroa Makes ESPN Debut
NABF Super Lightweight Champion and WBC #10, IBF #13, and WBA #14 rated contender, Francisco "El Gato" Figueroa, (18-2, 13 KO's) from the Bronx, New York is an undeniable talent. In addition to his boxing skills, toughness and ring savey, Figueroa adds another atractive demension to his game, his charisma. Whether it's by being plastered all over youtube.com, or being interviewed by magazines, newspaper's and boxing websites, Figueroa always finds a way to capture his fan's attention..
"El Gato" will be returning home to New York on May 14th, to take on Luis Rodriguez, (22-1, 13 KO's) of Monteray, Mexico for the main event of ESPN's Wednesday Night Fights. Figueroa, who's on a ten fight winning streak, dating back to 2004, will aim to look impressive once more, in order to capture the attention of audiences nationwide and the heads of major television networks.
Figueroa Ready For ESPN 2 Wed. Night Fights Main Event, Speaks On Shane MosleyNew York State Light Welterweight Champion Frankie "El Gato" Figueroa has arrived in New York City after an eight week stay in Big Bear Lake, California where he acted as the chief sparring partner to "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Figueroa's time spent with the renowned welterweight accounted for his second time, aiding a fighter set to face Brownsville, Brooklyn's "Super" Zab Judah. In May 2006, Figueroa assumed the five week duties of chief sparring partner to Puerto Rican welterweight superstar Miguel "Angel" Cotto, for a mega-bout that resulted in a knock out loss for Judah. Many who viewed the Cotto vs. Judah (June 9, 2007) bout recognized the influence Figueroa had on Cotto's fighting style.
Mosley, however, will not be utilizing the tactics acquired from Figueroa on May 31, as scheduled, after Judah suffered severe lacerations to his arm last week, resulting in 50 stitches. "Everybody's momentum was completely decelerated after the fight was called off," said Figueroa. "It was a big disappointment." However, Figueroa eagerly anticipates his treacherous southpaw style to cause serious damage to IBF Mexican lightweight champion Luis Rodriguez (22 wins-13 kos-1 loss) on May 14, as the Main Event bout on an ESPN 2 Wednesday Night Fights live telecast from the prestigous Gotham Hall in New York City, promoted by Dibella Entertainment.
"I don't know much about Luis Rodriguez except for his stats," Figueroa admits. "I just hope he comes forward, unlike my last opponent, Noel Rodriguez, who I had to repeatedly chase around the ring. But if I have to chase him too, so be it, I'll do what it takes to win." Figueroa, who also holds the light welterweight WBC Intercontinental Mundo Hispano and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) titles, is often referred to as "Boxing's Best Kept Secret." Over the past several years the Bronx bomber has developed quite the reputation for being to the best southpaw teacher in boxing. He's played the role of chief sparring partner to Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton, "Vicious" Vivian Harris, Arturo "Thunder" Gatti and Jose Cotto—all who've walked away from their subsequent bouts with wins.
Figueroa (18 wins-13 kos-2 losses) admits he's learned a great deal from his sparring partners in the past— as was the case throughout his interaction with Mosley. "Shane taught me better hand and eye coordination," says Figueroa. "My timing against my opponents is much easier at a much faster pace now. Overall, Shane's an extremely humble guy. I witnessed how much he gives back to his supporters, and how he appreciates his team. In addition to giving me great bowling tips, Anthony Randolph, the camp coordinator, helped me set me up my business, Gato Productions. Fans can purchase my latest "Team Gato Can't Stop Won't Stop T-Shirts" at www.gatofigueroa.com."
It's a known fact that prior to his previous 18 bouts, Figueroa, now on a 10 fight winning streak, has had trouble making his weight of 140 pounds come weigh-in time. This time, the Bronx bomber made weight one week prior to hitting the scale. "Shane hired a chef so I was eating healthy balanced meals. I have to thank CNP professionals (cnp-professionals.com) for supplying me with nutritional supplements such as protein shakes, meal replacements and desserts as well." New York-based clothing company "Four Runners" has also come aboard as a Team Gato Sponsor.
Figueroa credits his sparring partners, Joaquin Zamora, Austin Troat, and Cleotis Pendarvis, with keeping his training regimen extremely on-point, while they provided Mosley with preparation for Judah as well.
For more information about Figueroa and explosive Ko footage visit: www.gatofigueroa.com www.myspace.com/gatofiguero
Article posted on 13.05.2008
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