Brandon Figueroa Vs. Stephen Fulton Postponed As Figueroa Tests Positive For COVID-19
By: Hans Themstode
Most of the hard work was already completed for WBC super bantamweight champion, Brandon Figueroa.
The 24-year-old was less than two weeks away from attempting to add even more gold to his waist, as he was set to take on WBO belt holder, Stephen Fulton. However, their September 18th, clash has officially been postponed as Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) tested positive for COVID-19.
While their contest was originally set to take place at Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is unclear if the venue will remain the same. As for their make up date, nothing has been revealed as of yet.
Although Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) was ultimately devastated by the news, having tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, the 27-year-old understands exactly what Figueroa is going through and wished his future opponent a quick healing process.
“Prayers out to Brandon,” said Fulton on his Twitter account. “Hope he recover. I did everything great on my end. Testing, sparring partners and coaches, even isolating myself from my family and friends for months. Of course I am upset but I have been here before. I’ll be even strong come October.”
Fulton’s comments indicate that their showdown will be rescheduled for sometime in October, but nothing has been confirmed.
Since winning his world title against Angelo Leo in January earlier this year, Fulton looked forward to facing yet another undefeated fighter. In Figueroa, Fulton was tasked with leaving the first blemish on his professional record. While Fulton has successfully taken down eight previously undefeated fighters, Figueroa figured to be his most difficult challenge.
The 24-year-old Texas native picked up the most impressive win of his career in his most recent ring appearance, a seventh-round stoppage victory over Luis Nery in mid-May.
Despite heading into their showdown as the slight underdog, Figueroa had little to no trouble dealing with the pressure and volume punching of Nery, nailing his man with a body shot that saw him unable to continue.
Stephen Fulton Unimpressed With Brandon Figueroa’s Win Over Luis Nery: “It Was An Ok Performance”
By: Hans Themistode
Over the past few weeks, Stephen Fulton was asked to put on his analysis cap.
The WBO super bantamweight world champion was bombarded with numerous questions pertaining to the showdown between WBC titlist Luis Nery and WBA ‘Regular’ champion Brandon Figueroa. Although the betting public leaned heavily towards Nery, Fulton went against the grain and sided with Figueroa.
After seven rounds of back and fourth action last night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) was proven to be right as Figueroa pulled off the upset win, stopping his man in the seventh with a shot to the midsection. While many were surprised with the end result, Fulton simply shrugged his shoulders as he wasn’t surprised.
“I knew it was going to be him,” said Fulton during an interview with Behind The Gloves. “I didn’t expect it to be a body shot but I knew he would eventually finish him.”
Fulton, 26, clapped his hands and smiled once Figueroa was given the victory. The jubilation for the Philadelphia native stems from knowing that he’ll now have an opportunity to become a unified champion.
Long before both Nery and Figueroa stepped into the ring against one another, it was revealed that the winner of their contest would take on Fulton immediately after. Despite Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) putting on a strong performance, Fulton was ultimately left unimpressed with his future opponent.
“It was an ok performance. He got hit a lot, slow punches and a lot of misses.”
Calling Fulton a confident fighter would be putting it mildly. A similar amount of hubris was shown by the young star during the buildup of his showdown against Angelo Leo. The two clashed earlier this year with Leo’s WBO title on the line. While he sported an undefeated record, Fulton couldn’t care less as he easily outboxed and outmuscled his man en route to winning his first world title.
Now, after watching his future opponent up close and personal, Fulton simply believes that in just a few more months, he’ll be wrapping even more gold around his waist.
“I’m the more slicker fighter and more accurate puncher.”