After an absolutely loaded weak of boxing two rising prospects stole the show. Picking a fighter of the week between Devin Haney and Brandon Figuerora was a daunting task. Both fighters imposed their will and dominated their opponents both opponents were instructed to go for the knockout in the final round, one got it and the other didn’t for that reason we are making out fighter of the week is the Weslaco native, Brandon Figueroa for picking up the 10th round knockout of his game opponent the always entertaining and former world champ Oscar Escandon.
Bring thrown into the main event and spotlight on very short notice the younger of the Figueroa brothers represented “the valley” quite well on Sunday evening capping off a nationally televised card on FS1 that featured about 10 fights. Despite the valiant efforts put up by Escandon, he was no match for Figueroa. The Texan boxed beautifully from range using his noticeable height and reach advantage to outbox him when he wanted to turn it into more of a boxing match, also showing off his ability to switch hit at times and also outworking and outlanding Escondon on the inside in the many, many heated exchanges that took place from basically the opening round on. Figueroa pitched a shut-out type of performance building up a huge lead on the scorecards going into the final round when he was encouraged to get the knockout by his corner going into the last round. And the younger Figueroa delivered. Landing a perfectly placed right uppercut that nearly knocked his opponents head off causing the referee to waive off the count and end the fight immediately at 1:42 of the 10th and final round running Figueroa’s record to 17-0 (12).
Figueroa did a great job of showing that, despite being only 21 years old, he deserves a spot among the elite 122-pounders in the world. So what’s next for the jr featherweight from Texas? Well, Stephen Fulton who won on the undercard and has a win over Joshua Greer Jr had called him out. while that remains an option so would an all-Texas shootout with Dallas featherweight Ray Ximenez. There are other unbeaten prospects in the 122-pound division which would make for entertaining scraps like Diego De La Hoya as well as Tremaine Williams, a battle with Jessie Magdaleno would also make a lot of sense. A step up against one of those names would help prepare him for a fight of the year type world title shot against Rey Vargas which would guarantee a ton of action.