Former world champions Brandon Figueroa and Mark Magsayo will battle at the Toyota Arena in Ontario California on March 4th for the vacant Interim WBC Featherweight Title, part of a Premier Boxing Champions event that will be shown live on Showtime. The fight card will also include Jarrett Hurd against Armando Reséndiz and Amilcar Vidal versus Elijah Garcia.
The featherweight title bout will have Figueroa (23-1-1, 17 KOs) fight in his second bout at featherweight after his lone loss against Stephen Fulton in 2021. Last July in San Antonio, Figueroa beat Carlos Castro by sixth round knockout and aims to make a statement by getting a win against Magsayo.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring to do what I love,” said Figueroa. “I want to fight the best, so I’m very motivated to be up against a former champion at featherweight like Magsayo. I’m confident that we’re going to give the fans a great fight, because neither of us like to take a step back.”
Magsayo (24-1, 16 KOs) won the WBC featherweight title in 2022 by decision over Gary Russell Jr. in Atlantic City, then lost in his first defense against Rey Vargas in San Antonio months later. In 2021 he scored knockout victories over Pablo Cruz and Julio Ceja to be a top contender in the division. Magsayo is excited for this bout against Figueroa and wants to give the fans a fight full of action.
“Figueroa and I both like to move forward, so everyone knows exactly what kind of fight this will be,” said Magsayo. “My goals are to give the fans the action they love and to regain my place in this division. I’m ready to face anyone they put in front of me.”
In the co-feature bout, the former unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd aims to get back in the win column after a split decision loss to Luis Arias in 2021 against Armando Reséndiz. The native of Acockeek Maryland has wins over Tony Harrison, Austin Trout, and Erislandy Lara who have all held titles at junior middleweight.
“I’m back to remind you what ‘Swift’ Jarrett Hurd is all about,” said Hurd. “I’m in a new weight class and I’m looking to dominate like I did at 154 pounds. I can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve been working on in the gym and display my talents on March 4. I know Reséndiz is going to make the most of this opportunity, but I’m ready to make a big statement of my own.”
Reséndiz scored a TKO victory in his last bout in October against Heber Rendon in Orlando, bouncing back from his lone loss to Marcos Hernandez in 2021. He has had a majority of his pro fights above the 160 pound limit, but he feels that his bout against Hurd will be
“I’ve been preparing very hard to take full advantage of the opportunity that I have in this fight,” said Reséndiz. “I have a great team in my corner and I know that they are getting the best out of my abilities. We’re all working toward the same goal and it’s going to result in a great fight for the fans.”
TGB Promotions will be promoting the event and tickets will be available tomorrow at TicketMaster.