Magsayo vs. Figueroa for interim WBC belt

MARK Magsayo attempts to become a world champion again as he trades leathers with Brandon Figueroa for the interim World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight belt on Sunday, March 5, 2023 (PH time), at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.

Magsayo failed his first try in yesterday’s weigh-in after tipping the scales at 126.8 pounds. He removed the excess weight and made weight in his second attempt at exactly 126 pounds. Figueroa easily weighed 125.7 pounds.

The winner of the fight becomes the interim champion and the mandatory challenger of regular champion Rey Vargas.

The 27-year-old Magsayo once held the WBC featherweight strap after a majority decision over then reigning WBC featherweight king Gary Russell Jr. in 2022. Magsayo had a brief reign and lost his title in his first title defense. He suffered a split-decision defeat to Vargas last year.

On the other hand, the 26-year-old Figueroa held two world title belts as a super bantamweight. He just moved up in weight and scored an impressive sixth-round technical knockout over Carlos Castro in his featherweight debut.

Figueroa beat Yonfrez Parejo in 2019 via an eighth-round technical knockout to win the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title in 2019. Following two title defenses of his interim belt, Figueroa was elevated as regular champion and had two successful title defenses. He demolished Damien Vazquez in 10 rounds and crushed previously unbeaten Luis Nery in the seventh round to unify the WBA and WBC super bantamweight belts.

Figueroa, however, lost his titles to Stephen Fulton by majority decision in his next fight in 2021.

Magsayo is 24-1 with 16 knockouts, while Figueroa is 23-1-1 with 18 knockouts.

In the co-main event, former unified super welterweight king Jarrett Hurd (24-2, 16 KOs) locks horns with Mexican prospect Jose Armando Resendiz (13-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder. (EKA)