Brandon Figueroa takes Luis Nery’s title with body shot in Round 7

Brandon Figueroa showed once again on Saturday that decision can take you a long method.

Figueroa assaulted WBC 122-pound titleholder Luis Nery non-stop in a close, give-and-take battle up until a single left to the strenuous champ’s ribs ended the battle in the 6th round, offering the winner his very first significant titles at Self-respect Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

The triumph establishes a title-unification face-off with WBO beltholder Stephen Fulton in September.

“It feels amazing,” stated Figueroa, who likewise holds a secondary title. “This is a dream … since I was 7 and now I’m living it. I know everyone doubted me but I’m here with the two belts. This is all hard work and dedication.”

Nery (31-1, 24 KOs) battled well for the majority of the battle, jabbing, moving sometimes, and overcoming harsh exchanges when he and Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) stood toe-to-toe. He did especially great body work.

Brandon Figueroa commemorates after stopping Luis Nery to win the WBC 122-pound title Saturday in Carson, Calif. Esther Lin / Showtime

The judges had the battle even after 6 rounds, 59-55 for Nery, 58-56 for Figueroa and 57-57. Boxing Addict had Nery ahead 58-56.

Nevertheless, Figueroa, understood for his conditioning and punch output, started to use Nery down by the 5th or 6th round. Figueroa stated ahead of time that he was too huge and strong for Nery, who was defending just the 2nd time as a full-fledged 122-pounder. He may’ve been right.

Figueroa landed a number of his most-telling shots in the very first couple of minutes of the last round prior to linking on his most significant one, the delegated the ribs that put Nery onto his hands and knees after a postponed response.

The Mexican, in apparent discomfort, stopped working – or picked not to – beat the count. He was still holding his side as he beinged in his dressing space later.

The main time of the interruption was 2:18 of Round 7.

“That was the plan, to break him,” Figueroa stated. “[Trainer] Joel Diaz told me to put pressure on him, he wasn’t going to last. … I knew he was getting tired. He was trying to box me. The pressure was getting to him.

“I saw him breathing heavy. The body shots were getting to him. And my team said, ‘Let’s go get him.’”

Figueroa will go house to Weslaco, Texas, to enjoy his brand-new status as world champ however he’ll be back in the fitness center quickly to get ready for an even larger battle versus the unbeaten Fulton, who was at the battle on Saturday.

The 2 have actually been on one another’s radar for a long time. And now it’s going to take place.

“Man, we’ve been waiting for a while for this fight,” Figueroa stated. “… I knew I had to get past Nery and I did that. Everything in time. Now we’ll have a hell of a show in September.

“I envisioned beating Nery and envisioned fighting Stephen Fulton. Let’s get at it.”

That works for Fulton.

“It was a hell of a performance,” Fulton stated of Figueroa. “I predicted it. Like I said, Nery is a 118-pounder. He needs to say down there. It’s my time now. I’ve been waiting for this moment.”


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.