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Brandon Figueroa and Carlos Castro looking to bounce back from losses in featherweight clash

Brandon Figueroa and Carlos Castro

Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa 22-1-1 (17) and Carlos Castro 27-1 (12) will both be looking to get back in the win column when they clash at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Figueroa is coming off a majority decision loss to reigning WBC and WBO super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton 21-0 (8) in November. Castro, 28, dropped a split decision to former world champion Luis Nery in February.

The Figueroa-Castro bout will be contested at featherweight.

“My last loss taught me a lot and I’m coming back with everything I have,” Figueroa said. “I’ve had an excellent training camp and I’m so excited to come back and prove, just like I did at 122 pounds, that I belong in this division and that I’m among the best.

“I learned to be a little more patient from my last fight. I learned that I have to use my height and my technical skill to my advantage.

“I feel like my power has increased. I feel better mentally and physically and I’m just ready to go.

“This is going to be the best version of myself. We’ve been working and tweaking everything. We went back to the drawing board.

“San Antonio is like my second home. Fighting here at the Alamodome means a lot to me. There have been a lot of legendary fights at that arena, so I’m really anxious to get in there and fight.

“This might be the fight of the night or the Fight of the Year. I know that he’s going to come ready. We’re both coming in off losses and we have a lot to prove in this fight.

“I’m excited to be here. After this fight, hopefully everything goes my way, because I’d love to fight these champions up here next to me. It’d be an honour and I can’t wait.”

Castro said: “I’m thankful for this opportunity. We’re two fighters who are highly motivated coming off of a loss. Going up to 126 pounds is a big step. There are great fighters on this stage and I know the winner of this fight is looking to fight the winner of the main event [Mark Magsayo vs Rey Vargas].

“I’m coming in hungry and in shape and I just can’t wait to get in the ring and display my skills. All the work we’ve put in just leads up to this.

“At the end of the day, there’s no home field advantage in boxing. This is nothing new for us. We’re pro athletes, this is what we do. So I’m not worried about fighting in his backyard.

“Of course I want the world title fight. That’s the opportunity that every fighter works for. But I’m not taking anything from Figueroa, because it won’t be an easy task. We’re going to be ready for everything.

“I learned a lot from my last fight. It was a great experience for me on the big stage and it’s just going to make me a better fighter going forward. I really can’t wait to compete.

“I believe that this fight is meant to be fireworks. The winner during this fight is going to be the crowd. We’re both hungry to prove that we’re the best.”