Brandon Figueroa Calls Decision Loss To Stephen Fulton Jr. ‘The Biggest Robbery Of The Year’
Brandon Figueroa left the ring in total disbelief after he lost via unanimous decision in the unification featherweight bout against Stephen Fulton Jr. in Park Theater, Las Vegas Saturday night.
After the final bell rang, the 24-year-old was sure that he had done enough to earn the decision in his favor but only to his dismay, the result wasn’t the one which he had expected.
Fulton won a majority decision to claim the WBC and WBO junior featherweight titles, with judges Tim Cheatham and Dave Moretti scoring the fight 116-112 in favor of Fulton while judge David Sutherland had it a 114-114 draw on the night.
The battle didn’t end here as Figueroa seemed very agitated with the decision, probing his case fiercely in front of the jury.
He interrupted Fulton’s post-fight interview questioning, “You really think you won the fight?”
But Fulton remained collective and offered a rematch during their verbal skirmish, which Figueroa immediately accepted.
“This was a war. It was a close fight.” Fulton said in a post-fight interview.
This marked Figueroa’s first loss of his professional career in a razor-close bout. The fight was indeed a spectacle for the boxing fans as it moved back and forth, with each of them having their moments respectively.
The fight started at a timid pace, but gradually as the fight went on, both the pugilists found their groove and started to work well on the inside.
Figueroa threw over 1,000 punches in the fight, with a higher percentage of them coming in the later rounds of the fight. The closing rounds also proved to be most beneficial for the 24-year-old as he landed some good shots backing Fulton to the ring.
But Fulton worked more efficiently, landing some beautiful counters and a lot cleaner shots that definitely got the attention of the judges.
“I was catching him between the shots he was throwing,” Fulton said.
Both fighters have already said that they are willing to run it back and now with Fulton getting his hands on the WBC and WBO junior featherweight titles, the division has now two champions: Fulton and Murodjon Akhmadaliev, who holds the IBF and WBA titles.
Only time will tell what lies ahead in the future for the division. Whether Fulton goes after Akhmadaliev in quest of unifying the whole division or will he give Figueroa another chance of rectifying his shortcomings.