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Showtime Boxing – Brandon Figueroa vs. Stephen Fulton: fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, preview


On Saturday night at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, two undefeated super bantamweight world champions face off in a unification fight when WBO titlist Stephen Fulton Jr. takes on WBC champion Brandon Figueroa (10 p.m. ET show time). A clash of styles, Figueroa vs Fulton is a sleepy fight that could turn out to be one of the best in boxing in November.

Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) reached championship level in 2019, fighting four times in the year, including winning the interim WBA title, later promoted to the “regular” title. As Figueroa’s 2019 campaign ended in a draw against Julio Ceja, he returned to business in 2020 with a victory over Damien Vazquez and won the WBC world title last May with a seventh round knockout of Luis. Nery in a brutal body blow.

While Figueroa is a head-to-head fighter, Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) builds almost his entire offense on a stiff jab. That jab was ultimately the key to Fulton’s winning performance against Angelo Leo in January.

Against Leo, Fulton also showed an ability to maintain a steady pace and even fight on the inside against a fighter under pressure. In the fight, Fulton threw a total of 1,183 punches, never throwing less than 79 in a single round while winning the biggest fight of his career with scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 119-109.

Figueroa is a much better fighter than Leo, but has the same ability to force Fulton into a fight where he will have to rely on production and the ability to survive, if not thrive, when Figueroa is able to get past the jab and force. inside the exchanges.

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The rest of the map is filling up with fighters of similar weight classes. The side fight presents a growing prospect to 122 pounds when Ra’eese Aleem takes on Eduardo Baez. Aleem, 31, holds an unbeaten record of 18-0 with 12 knockouts during his thriving career. He won the interim WBA super bantamweight title in his last fight against Vic Pasillas in January. Now he’s looking to put on another solid performance on Saturday with hopes of facing the main event winner next year.

Additionally, Gary Antonio Russell is back in a bantamweight contest against Alexandro Santiago. Russell (18-0, 12 KOs) saw his last fight end miserably when he and his opponent Emmanuel Rodriguez had a head-to-head clash in the opening moments that kept Rodriguez from continuing. The fight was ruled without a decision and Russell returned three months later hoping to shake off the bad taste of the difficult time.

Here’s the latest fight card for Saturday night with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Figueroa card vs Fulton, odds

Stephen Fulton Jr. (c) -330

Brandon Figueroa (c) +260

WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight Titles

Ra’eese Aleem -400

Eduardo Baez +310

Super bantamweight

Gary Antonio Russell -900

Alexandro Santiago +600

Bantam-weight

Rock Dodler Myrthil

Kevin johnson

Super light

Aaron Alameda

Angel Antonio Contreras

Super bantamweight

Kenny Davis Jr.

Nelson hampton

Light

Albert González

Chamar flowers

Super bantamweight

Prediction

Fulton had a huge performance against Leo. He didn’t win solely on the strength of his jab, which remains a brilliant weapon for Fulton, but has found success by maintaining a relentless pace and also proving he can hold up in indoor trading. Fulton won’t want to mix it inside with Figueroa so much. Figueroa has a punishing body attack and can break down anyone who confronts each other in an indoor brawl. Still, Fulton is a superb boxer and that might be enough to lead the day into a very dangerous fight against a skilled fighter. Pick: Stephen Fulton Jr. via UD

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