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Brandon Figueroa to return at featherweight against Carlos Castro on July 9

Brandon Figueroa. Photo credit: PBC

Former world champion and all-action fan-favorite Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa expects to showcase his power and speed when he moves up in weight and makes his 126-pound debut against Carlos Castro 27-1 (12) in a WBC featherweight title eliminator that serves as the co-main event live on Showtime Saturday, July 9 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

“We’re looking to make a statement on July 9,” said Figueroa. “Me not worrying about squeezing to make 122 pounds and really killing myself at the end of camp just makes me more relaxed mentally. I feel fresher heading into this fight and I just can’t wait to showcase that.

“I’m going to be a lot stronger and more explosive. If people were impressed with my conditioning at 122, just imagine what it’s going to be like at 126. Everyone is going to see a better version of myself.”

Figueroa lost his WBC title to WBO champion Stephen Fulton 21-0 (8) by majority decision last November.

“The decision to move up in weight had been made way before the Fulton fight,” said Figueroa.

“That has been in the works for a long time. We were just waiting for the right opportunity to move up. After the Fulton fight, I knew that I was going to move up no matter what happened in that fight.”

Figueroa still wants a rematch with Fulton but says it will have to happen at featherweight.

“I believe it will be better for both of us to do the rematch at 126 pounds,” said Figueroa. “The Fulton rematch is something that has to happen. It has to happen for the fans, for me and Fulton, and to give everyone another ‘Fight of the Year’.

“I learned a lot from the Fulton fight and grew a lot because of it. I took the good from the bad and kept moving on. We went back to the drawing board and saw some things that we did like from that fight and saw places where we could improve.

“I’ve been working on adapting. I’ve learned to be a little more patient, more technical, to use my distance better and capitalise on my shots.”

For this fight, the Weslaco, Texas native has held his training camp in San Antonio, where he’s been able to receive sparring from fighters including super flyweight world champion Joshua Franco. He has also been training alongside his brother, former world champion Omar Figueroa Jr, a setup that has added to his motivation in camp.

“This is something that I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid,” said Figueroa. “We’ve trained together in California before but being back closer to home and working alongside my brother is amazing. It’s us against the world. It’s a beautiful opportunity for our family to get even closer and be a unit together. This has been my favourite training camp so far.”