In a night that featured great action and upsets, Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa (24-1-1) defeated Mark Magsayo (23-2-1) by unanimous decision. The fight was close, according to the unofficial scorecards and those following on social media. The judges saw this one differently and scored it 117-109, 117-109 & 118-108 for Figueroa.
In the first round, Magsayo looked slightly quicker on the draw, as Figueroa seemed slower when trying to counterpunch. Magsayo was moving well and using his feet to escape Figueroa’s offense. Early in the second round, Magsayo used his feet to set up some big overhand rights, which landed and stunned Figueroa. But towards the end of the round, Figueroa’s overhand right was landing, and suddenly, a fight on the inside broke out.
In the third round, Magsayo realized his faults from the second round and returned to utilizing his feet to get away from Figueroa’s offense. Figueroa couldn’t get anything going and chased Magsayo for most of the round. The same could be said for the fourth round, but in the fifth, it appeared that Magsayo was showing signs of fatigue, and Figueroa started to come on.
The sixth round saw Magsayo land a nice 1-2 combo but was holding excessively, and the referee warned him. Although Magsayo dominated the round, towards the end, Figueroa landed a hard right hook that hurt Magsayo. The momentum shifting in favor of Figueroa was more noticeable in the seventh round as his pressure was a lot for Magsayo to handle, and those body punches started to add up.
In the eighth round, the referee got tired of Magsayo’s holding and deducted a point from him. Magsayo tried to make up for it by landing a six-punch combination, but after that, he seemed gassed, and Figueroa came back with pressure and more body punches. Round nine was filled with Magsayo landing showy punches and trying to regain the judges’ attention.
During the championship rounds, Figueroa hurt Magsayo to the body in the tenth, but in the eleventh, the referee again deducted a point from Magsayo for excessive holding. Figueroa kept applying pressure and throwing punches in bunches until the end of the twelfth round. Figueroa is now the new WBC Interim featherweight champion as a showdown with the full champion Rey Vargas awaits him in the near future.
Armando Reséndiz scores shocking TKO victory over Jarrett Hurd
It has been almost two years since Jarrett Hurd (24-3) has been in the ring. He faced Armando Reséndiz (14-1) and thought he would regain the momentum he once had, but Reséndiz had other ideas. During the first round, it was a firefight, and it seemed as if Hurd was taken off guard by the lack of intimidation over Reséndiz. Reséndiz applied more pressure in the second round, but Hurd was landing some big left hooks to keep his opponent at bay. Reséndiz’s right uppercut and left hook gave Hurd some issues as it would temporarily stop him in his tracks.
Rounds three through six were similar as Reséndiz was just relentless, and Hurd seemed to be trying to land one punch at a time. There were spurts where Hurd would land a four-punch combo, but it wasn’t enough. The sixth round was more of the same, but in the seventh, it seemed as if it was a battle of right uppercuts as both fighters tried to prove they had the better and more effective one.
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Before the beginning of round eight, Hurd’s trainer told him that he needed a knockout to win, and it seemed like Hurd was trying to turn up the volume. In the middle of the round, Reséndiz landed two consecutive overhand rights from mid-range that started to wear down Hurd. Once they started the ninth round, you could tell Hurd had been through the wringer while Reséndiz smelled blood in the water. He landed a huge left hook that froze Hurd up for a few seconds, and it seemed the end was near.
After Hurd got up for the beginning of the last round, the referee sent him over to the ringside doctor to look at the laceration on his lip. The doctor said he could not continue, and the referee called the fight. Reséndiz earns the upset 10th-round TKO victory.
Elijah Garcia scores a huge TKO victory in Ontario,CA
To open the Showtime telecast, two undefeated middleweights faced each other as nineteen-year-old Elijah Garcia (14-0) went up against Amilcar Vidal Jr. (16-1). In the first round, both guys were busy with their respective jabs. Toward the end of the round, both men started to open up, and it was clear they wanted to put on a show for the fans in attendance and those watching at home.
The second round saw more of Vidal’s left jab dictating the pace. Garcia’s straight left was landing clean and hard throughout the round. It quickly became a phone booth fight, and Garcia’s nose started to bleed. Vidal landed 2-3 uppercuts in a row, and Garcia returned with a quick right jab and a left hook. During the third round, Garcia pressured Vidal and pinned him on the ropes several times. Garcia was pounding that right jab, left hook to the body, and then to the head throughout the round. Vidal seemed to be looking to land one punch at a time.
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The fourth round was a back-and-forth fight as the crowd started to really get behind both fighters. It seemed as if Garcia was getting the better of the exchanges, and that’s when it happened; bang, the fight was over. Garcia landed a huge right hook which stunned Vidal, and after a barrage of punches, Vidal took a knee, but referee Jack Reiss felt like he had taken enough punishment and could not continue, so he stopped the fight. Garcia had this to say after the fight “This is what everyone dreams of, so this isn’t a surprise. This is what I worked for since I turned pro so we’re going to keep moving forward one step at a time. I stay ready and mentally I’m strong.”