In a marathon night of fights, Southern California fans were treated to performances in a variety of weight classes headlined by Brandon Figueroa (17-0-0, 12 KOs) of Weslaco, TX against Columbian Oscar Escandon (25-5-0, 17 KOs) in an action-packed 10-round super bantamweight bout.
The fight ended with a knockout by the young prospect Figueroa in the final round live on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Both Figueroa and Escandon picked up the pace early as they went toe-to-toe battling in an entertaining fight from the first bell.
Figueroa, who typically fights at a distance, wanted to make a statement that he isn’t afraid to fight on the inside.
An accidental head butt caused a large cut over the left eye of Figueroa, as blood poured the remainder of the fight.
The combatants continued to throw high volumes of punches throughout the bout, but Figueroa remained more accurate and active as Escandon did his best to stay strong.
In the tenth and final round, Figueroa sealed the win with a powerful combination that ended in a right uppercut to Escandon’s chin, sending him to the canvas rendering him unable to stand at minute 1:42.
“Escandon is tough. He is short and it was hard to get to the body,” said Figueroa.
“I can fight both inside and outside, but his size did matter. I had to get in there and he wasn’t backing up. I was ready for this fight.
Opportunities like this don’t come often so I had to take it and run with it. I have been training all summer and I am ready to take a few days off and get right back to it.”
“I knew Figueroa was good, but I was surprised at how tough he was,” said Escandon.
“Everyone can get caught with a punch. I wasn’t tired. I just got caught. I am okay. I am going to keep going.”
Also featured on the card was fast-rising star Joey Spencer (5-0, 5 KOs) of Union City, Calif. Against Cory Macon (0-3-0) of Durham, NC in a four-round middleweight bout.
The 18-year-old Spencer, with dreams to become the youngest American with a world title, went to work immediately, going to the body of Macon.
He continued to attack the body, but with a hard left hook, he sent Macon to the canvas, ending the fight just inside round number one at minute 2:36.
“I stay active and stay in the gym. It keeps me focused and ready,” said Spencer.
“My goal is to become a world champion by age 20. Fans need to keep an eye on me and my career because I am here to stay.”
In a televised swing bout, young prospect Jose Balderas (5-0-0) of Santa Maria, Calif. was tested by Mexican Ivan Martino (3-3-0, 3 KOs) in a bantamweight, but was able to get his shots off, connected with several left hooks to Martino’s body.
“He is a strong guy and he kept coming, but we were ready for it,” said Balderas.
“I think I got the rounds he needed. I have been improving since my first fight. I am going to keep learning and keep growing.”
Stephen Fulton (14-0-0, 6 KOs) of the fighting city of Philadelphia faced German Meraz (61-50-2, 38 KOs) of Mexico opened the telecast in a scheduled eight-round featherweight fight. Fulton, who took this fight with 72 hours’ notice, used his jab throughout the and dominated every round.
In the first minute of the eighth and final round, Fulton knocked Meraz down, setting up the win. In the end, the judges ruled the bout a unanimous decision.
“I wasn’t worried about taking the fight on such short notice,” said Fulton.
“I knew I was going to dominate. I might have prepared for someone else, but that didn’t matter.
I have the experience to be able to adjust. He could have had 100 fights or five fights and I would have been ready. I want Brandon Figueroa next.”