West Philly boxer Stephen Fulton’s title unification match vs. Brandon Figueroa rescheduled for Nov. 27
No stranger to long layoffs, Fulton will fight his first bout in 11 months.
A new date has been set for one of the most anticipated championship fights in boxing. WBC super-bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa and WBO titleholder Stephen Fulton will meet at 10 p.m. on Nov. 27 in the Premier Boxing Champions event at Park MGM in Las Vegas. The fight will be televised on Showtime.
The fight, which was originally set for Sept. 11, was pushed back to Sept. 18. Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 knockouts) then announced on Sept. 7 that he tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the latest postponement. The positive test came six days after Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) left Philadelphia to finish training camp in Las Vegas.
Super-bantamweight contender Ra’eese Aleem will fight Eduardo Baez in a 10-round co-main event. Aleem (18-0, 12 KOs) is viewed as one of the top candidates to face the winner of the unification bout.
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While training and sparring at the Danny Garcia Gym in Philadelphia, Fulton appeared as confident as ever and was in top shape despite it being 11 months since his last fight.
If history is any indication, ring rust won’t be a problem. Fulton’s match with Angelo Leo in August 2020 was also postponed, so he waited a year between bouts with Arnold Khegai and Leo. Figueroa last fought when he knocked out previously unbeaten Luis Nery on May 15.