Tonight at 11 p.m. EDT, Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation is back with a Golden Boy double-header from the Fantasy Springs in Indio, Calif., featuring lightweight prospect Omar Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KO) and super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KO) in action.
At yesterday's weigh-in, Figueroa missed weight coming in at 136.2 pounds, with opponent Ramon Ayala at 135. This is actually the second time in his last three fights that Figueroa has missed weight, and the way he blows that off in the quotes below is sort of off-putting. Figueroa forfeits his minor WBO belt.
Caballero and Jose Luis Araiza both made weight, coming in at 117.8 pounds.
Bad Left Hook will have live coverage tonight, following live coverage of ESPN Friday Night Fights.
"Honestly, I feel bad for my opponent. I'm going to put every negative together from my camp and take it out on him, and there were a lot of negatives. I had to sacrifice. I sacrificed food, water, seeing my family - all because of my opponent. People don't realize that 50 percent of boxing is just getting to the ring. I'm hungry. I really hope to knock him out.
"In my last fight, I proved that I can do it. I am not going to lose. Whether people believe in me or not, I have my team - it's all I need.
"I knew I wasn't going to make weight. I hurt my hand in camp and got sick twice and that took time away from working out and losing the weight."
"I'm not a talker. I do my talking inside the ring. All I can say is that I prepared hard. I hope Omar brings his best because I know I will."
"I don't see added pressure because I'm on TV. I can't walk in the ring and say, 'Oh my gosh, I'm on Showtime.' I have to do what brought me here, but I'll put on a show like I always do.
"All I need to know about my opponent is that he is trying to beat me. He's a veteran so he's dangerous. I'm ready for a tough fight.
"When I'm ready to challenge for a title, I'll take on whoever is on top at whatever weight I'm at."
JOSE LUIS ARAIZA
"I prepared well for this fight, believe me. I think of fighting in someone's backyard as a challenge. I'll use my experience in the ring and it will definitely be an advantage.
"I've been waiting for an opportunity like tomorrow. To beat Caballero would be everything to me."