By J. Jala | 01:49 PM March 05, 2023
Brandon Figueroa likely set himself up for a shot at Rey Vargas’ WBC featherweight title tonight, beating Boholano boxing champion Mark Magsayo in an interim title bout on Showtime on Sunday (Philippine time) at the Toyota Center in Ontario, California.
Figueroa won the fight on scores of 117-109, 117-109, and 118-108. Those were wider than BLH’s two unofficial scorecards, which were 114-112 and 115-111, both in Figueroa’s favor.
The fight stats were pretty even, with CompuBox seeing Figueroa landing 176 of 653 (27%) total punches, and 161 of 528 (31%) of his power shots. Magsayo was credited with 179 of 593 (30%) total punches, and 160 of 464 (35%) on his power shots.
Magsayo appeared to be worn out as the tenth round began, as Figueroa turned up the pressure. Magsayo fell to the canvas twice in the round without a punch, suggesting he had almost nothing left in the tank. Magsayo came out for the twelfth trading punches to land a big shot to turn it around, but that punch never came.
Magsayo has now lost two straight fights after starting his pro career with 24 straight wins.