Brandon Figueroa vs Stephen Fulton Preview Nov. 27th, 2021
There’s an excellent super bantamweight title unification fight this Saturday, November 27th in Las Vegas as unbeaten WBA Champion Brandon Figueroa of Weslaco, Texas takes on undefeated WBO boss Stephen Fulton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Figueroa won his title by stopping Luis Nery in the seventh round in May while Fulton captured his title in January when he beat Angelo Leo by unanimous decision. The bout can be seen live on Showtime in America and on TSN 4 in Canada.
Figueroa vs Fulton Betting Odds
- Brandon Figueroa +270
- Stephen Fulton -350
The 24-year-old Figueroa captured the vacant interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Title when he stopped Yonfrez Parejo after eight rounds in April, 2019 before stopping Javier Chacon in four rounds in August and drawing with an overweight Julio Ceja in a slugfest three months later. He was also the WBA Champion when he fought Nery earlier this year but the geniuses who run the WBA have stripped him of that title for agreeing to fight Fulton.
Figueroa climbs through the ropes with a near-perfect record of 22-0-1 with 17 Kos and has boxed 123 rounds since turning pro in 2015. He stands 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 72.5-inch reach and possesses explosive fists with a current knockout ratio of 74 per cent. He’s also displayed a pretty solid chin up to now as well and has needed it in wins over the likes of Chacon, Parejo, Moises Flores, Oscar Escandon, Victor Proa and Fatiou Fassinou.
Brandon is the younger brother of fellow boxer Omar Figueroa and an excellent young prospect. He stepped up in class for the first time against Flores and passed the test with flying colours. However, it could be argued that he didn’t take a step forward after that with bouts against the limited Chacon and Ceja but he stepped things up again by meeting Nery and is doing so again against Fulton. He also lost to Shakur Stevenson and beat Chris Colbert in the amateurs.
As for Fulton, he’s 27 years of age and has fought 119 rounds since making his pro debut in 2014. He enters the bout with a perfect mark of 19-0 with 8 Ko’s. He’s not known as a power puncher though as he owns a current knockout ratio of 42.1 per cent with three stoppages in his last seven fights. Fulton stands just over 5-feet-6-inches tall with a 70.5-inch reach so gives up a slight 1.5-inch edge in height to Figueroa as well as two inches in reach.
Just one of Fulton’s first seven opponents had a winning record but and since then he’s managed to defeat boxers such as Joshua Greer Jr, Luis Rosario. Adam Lopez, Jesus Ahumada and German Meraz. He won the IBO World Super Bantamweight Title in May, 2019 with a wide 12-round unanimous decision over Paulus Ambunda. Fulton’s amateur record was a reported 75-15 and he also participated in the World Series of Boxing.
This is a fine matchup and title unification bout between two young champions with different styles and this could possibly make it one of the best fights of the year. Figueroa throws punches in bunches and just keeps going until eventually wearing his opponent down or stopping him. He takes a lot of shots in return this way though but so far has displayed a rock solid chin. On the other hand, Fulton possesses better boxing skills but not as much power. He’ll try to use those skills while staying away from a slugfest. This should be an exciting fight from start to finish with any outcome being possible. It would be easy to go with Fulton’s superior skills but there’s just something about Figueroa that makes it hard to bet against him. Therefore, I’m going with Figueroa in a tossup.
Figueroa’s non-stop aggression could be the difference.
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