‘This Is What Boxing Needs’ – Brandon Figueroa Explains His Decision to Unify the Titles

Published 05/17/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Boxing has been on the receiving end of immense criticism over the years. One of the biggest of these has been the concept of champions cherry-picking their opponents. However, the trend seems to be slowly changing, and Brandon Figueroa is at the heart of it all.

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The undefeated American showed his class by beating Luis Nery via a seventh-round TKO. As a result, Figueroa became the unified champion at super-bantamweight. He now holds the WBC and the WBA (Super) titles. Following his win, ‘The Heartbreaker’ explained his decision to chase the unification bouts rather than face his mandataries.

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The 22-0-1 boxer spoke to Lance Pugmire from The Athletic and said, “Boxing is losing fans because the best aren’t fighting the best. This is what boxing needs. The best fighting the best to see who’s the best in the division.”

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The 24-year-old’s words showed that he is aware of the criticism boxing has faced. It also revealed that he wants to do his part to change that. Besides his comments, Figueroa has already agreed to another unification bout against WBO champion Stephen Fulton Jr. in a unique post-fight interview.

Other champions who are following Brandon Figueroa

These comments from ‘The Heartbreaker’ showed that boxing needs more champions to face each other to engage their fans. While Figueroa is doing his bit, he is not the only champion to show his desire to face the other champions.

Heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will meet on August 14 to crown an undisputed champion after Fury made it official. Moreover, P4P king Canelo Alvarez is on his way to becoming the undisputed champion and has already confirmed he is chasing the Caleb Plant fight next.

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Also, super-lightweight champions Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor will battle it out on the weekend to crown an undisputed champion. So, although there are champions like Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. who cannot agree to a fight with each other, there are several other champions who are chasing the legacy fights.

What do you make of these comments from Brandon Figueroa? Do you think he’s right about boxing needing more unification bouts?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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