Updated: Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:06 | By Agence France-Presse

Figueroa WBC title defense off due to hand injury

Unbeaten US fighter Omar Figueroa will not defend his World Boxing Council lightweight crown on Saturday after injuring his left hand during training, promoters announced.


Figueroa WBC title defense off due to hand injury

Omar Figueroa, pictured in Hollywood on June 22, 2012, will not defend his WBC lightweight crown after injuring his hand during training - by Jeff Gross

The bout was among three title fights scheduled for the undercard of Sunday's non-title bout between Mexican super welterweights Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts, and Alfredo Angulo, 22-3 with 18 knockouts.

Figueroa, who suffered the injury Friday, will not put his title on the line but his scheduled opponent, Canelo's older brother Ricardo Alvarez, will face Mexico's Sergio Thompson.

Remaining world title bouts will include Mexico's unbeaten WBC super bantamweight chapion Leo Santa Cruz, 27-0 with one draw and 15 knockouts, against Mexican southpaw Cristian Mijares, 49-7 with two drawn and 24 knockouts.

IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina, a Mexican who is 22-5 with two drawn and six knockouts, also will defend his crown against unbeaten American Jermall Charlo, 17-0 with 13 knockouts.

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