Brandon Figueroa believes Luis Nery is making a mistake by combating him on his turf Saturday on Showtime.
No, not the junior featherweight contender’s geographical turf. They’re assembly on impartial floor in Carson, Calif. We’re speaking about his divisional territory. Figueroa is a pure 122-pounder, Nery possibly not.
Nery (31-0, 24 KOs) outpointed Aaron Alameda to win the WBC junior featherweight title in September however wasn’t as dominating as he had been at 118. The Mexican shall be making his first protection.
“Nery goes to be taught rather a lot about me on Saturday evening,” Figueroa stated on a Zoom name with reporters. “My dimension will certainly assist me. I really feel like he hasn’t fought a man this huge, this sturdy, and he’s going to search out out on Saturday evening.
“I do know Luis Nery involves battle,” he added later. “He’s a robust fighter on the 118-pound division however the 122-pound division is a distinct story.”
Nery, whose knockout streak ended at 11 within the Alameda battle, dismisses any speak about dimension or punching energy at his new weight. He blamed his so-so efficiency on poor coaching and Alameda’s technical fashion.
He stated on the Zoom name that he plans to assault Figueroa just like the Nery of outdated. That’s nice with the challenger, who depends on conditioning, toughness and high-volume punching to win fights. That system has been efficient to this point however he hasn’t confronted anybody of Nery’s caliber.
Figueroa (21-0-1, 16 KOs) is a few 2½-1 underdog.
“I’ve educated tremendously for this battle,” stated Figueroa, who’s coming off a Tenth-round knockout of Damien Vazquez on the identical card Nery gained his belt. “I’ve the perfect conditioning within the 122-pound division. My quantity output speaks for itself and I really feel like lots of people underestimate me.
“After Saturday evening, they gained’t. As soon as the bell rings, it’s go-time and I come to battle. I come a hundred percent and I’m coming to take that belt dwelling.”
The winner on Saturday is predicted to face undefeated WBO champion Stephen Fulton in a title-unification bout in September.
After all, Figueroa gained’t look previous Nery. He understands the problem he’ll face at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park. On the similar time, he acknowledged that he has had an eye fixed on the gifted Fulton.
“If it goes my method, Stephen Fulton is subsequent and that’s a battle that I’ve been wanting for a very long time,” Figueroa stated. “It’s time to unify. If that’s not what you come to boxing for, then what are you in boxing for?
“… I simply can’t look forward to these huge fights and these huge names.”