The next major Premier Boxing Champions event will take place on May 9 as a packed card will be held at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The event, which will air live on CBS, will feature a light welterweight fight between Omar Figueroa and Ricky Burns. While these two fighters are both talented, Figueroa has a dramatic advantage on the line as he is listed at -1000. Meanwhile, Burns is only at +600 for this bout, if you take a look at our gambling odds.
A Look At Omar Figueroa
Omar Figueroa has a big advantage as he is currently undefeated. He was the WBC Lightweight champion and successfully defended it twice with his last bout being in August when he scored a TKO of Daniel Estrada. However, he vacated the title as he moved up to the light welterweight division.
Figueroa has a 24-0 record with 18 of his wins coming by knockout. However, two of his last three fights came by decision with only one of them being a win by unanimous decision.
A Check On Ricky Burns
Ricky Burns has more experience than Figueroa and is seven years older in age. He has moved up in his weight class over the years all the way to the light welterweight division and held the WBO Super Featherweight and Lightweight titles. He defended his lightweight title four times before losing it last year in a bout with Terence Crawford.
In addition, he has a 1-2-1 record in his last four fights. His last fight was a win by points against Alexandre Lepelley in October. This upcoming fight in Texas will be the first time that the Scotland native has competed in a match outside the United Kingdom.
Also, Burns has won by decision in a majority of his fights. He has a 37-4-1 record with only eleven of his wins coming by knockout.
This will be an interesting fight as Figueroa is clearly the favorite to win this one if you ask any boxing betting expert. However, Burns should potentially hold his own and go after a good run to pull off a big and possibly profitable upset.