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Brandon Figueroa claims he was robbed, Stephen Fulton says we can do it again

Brandon Figueroa and Stephen Fulton

Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa 22-1-1 (17) was filthy after losing his WBC super bantamweight title to WBC champion Stephen ‘Cool Boy’ Fulton 20-0 (8) at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The fight was fought largely on the inside with very little clinching, a style that was thought to favour the heavier-handed Figueroa. But Fulton was able to slip and roll, landing sharp shots of his own.

Most of the rounds were closely contested making the judges’ job difficult. Figueroa threw more punches but Fulton was more accurate.

When the dust settled Fulton was awarded the majority decision win with scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112.

The result didn’t sit well with Figueroa.

“It was the robbery of the year,” said Figueroa. “The fans who watched this live know who won. I always come to fight and I did that all night.

“I hurt him like five or six times. I put the pressure on for the whole 12 rounds, landed the cleaner shots and hurt him. I thought I only lost four rounds at the most.”

The 5-foot-8 Figueroa is now expected to move up in weight to compete in the featherweight division. Fulton said if Figueroa was prepared to remain at 122-pounds, he would be open to a rematch.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Fulton. “The judges made their decision and we can run it back.

“I was catching him in between every shot he was throwing. He was making it sloppy and rough. I was landing a lot of clean shots. He was throwing wild shots that the fans were enjoying, but he was hitting my arms a lot.”

Fulton’s stock rose with the victory and the manner in which he won. The 27-year-old from Philadelphia could move towards a four-belt unification bout against WBA and IBF champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev 10-0 (7).