Figueroa vs Magsayo Winner Awaits Rey Vargas Decision In Weight
American Brandon Figueroa (23-1-1 18 KOs) will face off against Mark Magsayo (24-1 16 KOs) of the Philippines for the WBC Interim Featherweight Championship in the headliner of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader this Saturday, March 4 at the 11,000-capacity Toyota Arena, Ontario, California.
The latest instalment of the exciting boxing schedule this year sees two top 10 featherweights go head to head in another intriguing matchup. With the division in somewhat limbo, former champion Magsayo will look to bounce back from a split decision defeat to Rey Vargas (who currently holds the full WBC title) last July, his only career defeat. Magsayo won his title just over a year ago in an upset victory against long-time titleist Gary Russell Jr.
Former super bantamweight champion Figueroa will look to break through into championship class at 126lbs after an impressive divisional debut against Carlos Castro on the undercard of Magsayo vs Vargas. The Texan enjoyed a stellar campaign at 122 lbs, winning the WBA Regular title against Damien Vazquez in 2020.
Figueroa then challenged 2 weight world champion Luis Nery for the WBC strap, stopping Nery to the body in the 7th in an upset win in May 2021. Figueroa then went straight into a unification with WBO Champion Stephen Fulton, and lost a majority decision that night in Las Vegas, however, put in a very good display in a fight many had him winning.
There is no shame in losing to Fulton, who faces P4P star Naoya Inoue in a mouth-watering 122-pound clash that has captured the interests of fight fans around the globe without the fight even being official yet. Inoue -Fulton is one of the best matchups that can be made in boxing.
The featherweight division on the other hand is in somewhat of a transitional state at the moment with no clear number one. The winner of this fight will stake their claim as the stand-out, becoming mandatory for Rey Vargas. Looking beyond the Vargas bout, the winner could look to potential fights with the Luis Alberto Lopez–Mick Conlan winner, Mauricio Lara, Robeisy Ramirez, and Leigh Wood.
In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweights Amilcar Vidal and Elijah Lorenzo Garcia battle over 10 rounds. Elsewhere on the triple header, the former 154lbs titleist Jarrett Hurd meets Jose Armando Resendiz over 10 rounds at 160lbs. Hurd tasted a surprise defeat to Luis Arias in his last fight.
The card is expected to begin at 2 am GMT (9 ET, 6 PT) with main event ring walks expected at 4:00 am GMT (11 ET, 8 PT). A stream for the preliminary action will also be available on the Showtime Boxing YouTube page.