Home Boxing News Brandon Figueroa outpoints Mark Magsayo, Rey Vargas could be next

Brandon Figueroa outpoints Mark Magsayo, Rey Vargas could be next

Brandon Figueroa (right) and Mark Magsayo. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa 24-1-1 (18) claimed the vacant WBC interim featherweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo 24-2 (16) at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday night.

Filipino Magsayo, 27, was able to capitalise on Figueroa’s slow start, banking the first two rounds before the 26-year-old from Weslaco, Texas got into his groove.

Despite being a natural orthodox fighter, Figueroa boxed much of the bout out of the southpaw stance. The fight featured some furious exchanges with both boxers displaying excellent chins under fire.

Figueroa had stamped his authority on the bout by the midway point and Magsayo began clinching more and more often as the rounds progressed, prompting a number of warning from referee Thomas Taylor before a point was deducted in the eighth and another in the 11th.

As Magsayo faded down the stretch Figueroa got stronger, winning by scores of 118-108 and 117-109 twice.

“Man, I just went out there and wanted it and took the fight right to him. I wanted this fight so bad,” said Figueroa.

“He came back a little but once I hit him with a body shot it affected him and I put pressure, pressure, pressure on him.”

With the win Figueroa puts himself in line to challenge WBC featherweight champion Rey Vargas 36-1 (22), who is coming off his first career loss to O’Shaquie Foster 20-2 (11) in his bid to become the WBC super featherweight champion last month.

Figueroa also wants to avenge his loss to Stephen Fulton 21-0 (8), who he lost his WBC super bantamweight title to by majority decision in November 2021, a fight he believes he deserved to win.

“Yeah, whoever wants to fight me, I’ll fight. I want to fight for a world title. I just want to give the fans the fights they want,” said Figueroa.