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Cracking fight this Saturday on Showtime. No main UK TV coverage. Find this fight hard to call. Who you picking?

Brandon Figueroa and Mark Magsayo fight for world title shot on Saturday
by Anthony Cocks

Former world champions Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa 23-1 (18) and Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo 24-1 (16) will clash for the right to challenge WBC featherweight champion Rey Vargas 36-1 (22) at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old Figueroa of Weslaco, Texas lost his WBA and WBC super bantamweight titles to Stephen Fulton 21-0 (8) by majority decision in November 2021 before moving up in weight to stop Carlos Castro 27-2 (12) in six frames last July.

He will face a stern challenge from Filipino Magsayo, 27, who defeated Gary Russell Jr 31-2 (18) by majority decision in January last year to claim the WBC belt before losing it in his first defence to Vargas by split decision in July.

Read more: https://www.ringnews24.com/2023/03/02/brandon-figueroa-and-mark-magsayo-fight-for-world-title-shot-on-saturday/

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Figueroa is a superb fighter with multiple skills. Magsayo isn't as high level a boxer but has heavier hands. Figueroa's fought just once as a featherweight, though Ceja was featherweight size when they fought. Ceja is the common opponent. Figueroa and Ceja drew; Magsayo stopped Ceja. I see Figueroa growing well into a featherweight; he's taller than Magsayo. Both at prime ages. I think Figueroa can get through both Magsayo and Vargas but first things first. Both invite a firefight; could be fireworks. Figueroa has more tools to come out on top.

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May have to reassess Figueroa. More of a brawler than a well rounded fighter. Now lined up for Vargas who should be able to outbox him. Won't get drawn into trading power shots and won't be bullied by Figueroa's size and aggression. The two support fights were also very good. Two fighters who came from a lower level and it was time to prove it in prime time. Resendiz and Elijah Garcia were impressive.

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