When talking about the next generation of boxers, and the young talent that is currently emerging, Brandon Figueroa is a name worth mentioning. Younger brother to former WBC lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa Jr., Brandon is 22 years old with an unblemished record of 22-0, and 15 knockouts.
Figueroa was last in the ring versus Javier Chacon, on August 24, 2019, where he headlined in Edinberg, Texas just 25 minutes from his hometown of Weslaco. While Chacon was an unimpressive opponent, landing only 18 punches before the 4th round stoppage, the Figueroa team emphasized bodywork for this match, and we were able to see Figueroa open up more in that regard. This was Figueroa’s seventh-straight stoppage victory.
This week, Brandon Figueroa will make his first defense of his WBA Super Bantamweight title when he faces Julio Ceja at the MGM grand on the undercard of the Wilder/Ortiz 2 card.
Julio Ceja is 32-4 and is coming off a loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux for a title eliminator in June which was a pretty close fight that most felt Ceja was winning until he got caught with a huge left hook in the 8th. Ceja was outworking and out landing Rigondeaux prior to the stoppage.
Ceja is a tough fighter, who stands in the pocket and exchanges blows, making him a good step up in opposition for Figueroa. Figueroa is the taller (5’9 compared to Ceja’s 5’6), longer fighter and this fight may come down to which boxer can establish the distance during the fight.
The fight will air on Fox Pay-Per-View and starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific.
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