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Brandon Figueroa ready for Stephen Fulton in September

Brandon Figueroa

WBC and WBA ‘regular’ super bantamweight champion Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa 22-0-1 (17) is expressed his excitement at the opportunity to face WBO counterpart Stephen ‘Cool Boy Steph’ Fulton 19-0 (8) following his breakthrough victory over Luis Nery 31-1 (24) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old Texan was locked in an even battle with Mexican southpaw Nery, 26, before landing a debilitating left to the body in the seventh round that sent Nery to canvas to be counted out by referee Thomas Taylor at the 2:18 mark.

Judges Edward Hernandez Sr has the fight 57-57 at the time of the stoppage, while judge Zachary Young had Figueroa up 58-56 and judge Lou Moret saw Nery leading 59-55.

The win will see Figueroa face Fulton on September 11 live on Showtime at a venue to be determined.

“It feels amazing, this is a dream come true,” said Figueroa, whose last nine wins have come via knockout. “I know everyone doubted me, but here I am with the belt. It’s all thanks to hard work and dedication.

“The plan was to break him. My corner told me to pressure him and that he wouldn’t last. That’s exactly what happened. I knew he was getting tired, he was trying to box me. I saw him breathing heavy. My team just said it was time to go get him.”

“You saw tonight what I can do. I brought it to him and the hard work paid off. We did our homework. We did a great job in the gym and just took it to him.

“We’ve been waiting for this fight against Fulton and it’s finally going to happen. I knew I had to get through Luis Nery first. Everything has its time.

“I envisioned that I was going to beat Nery and now I see myself beating Fulton. I know he’s coming with everything he’s got and that we’re going to give the fans a hell of a show.”

Fulton collected the WBO strap in his last fight when he outfought Angelo Leo 20-1 (9) to win a wide unanimous decision by scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut in January.

The 26-year-old from Philly joined Figueroa in the ring after the fight.

“Great performance by Brandon tonight,” Fulton said. “That’s what I predicted would happen. This is my time now though. I’ve been waiting for this moment to finally fight Brandon.

“I knew that Brandon would fight how he always fights. I’m just ready for my time against him. We’re going to put on a hell of a performance. Congratulations to him tonight, but I’m coming next.”

The 122-pound division remains the deepest in boxing with undefeated Uzbek southpaw Murodjon Akhmadaliev 9-0 (7) holding the WBA and IBF championships and former unified champ Danny Roman 29-3-1 (10) still very much in the mix.