And down goes another September main event.
Brandon Figueroa has tested positive for COVID, postponing his September 18th 122 lb unification match with Stephen Fulton Jr, which was set to headline on Showtime:
“Cool Boy Steph” chimed in to wish his foe a safe recovery.
Prayers out to Brandon hope he recover, I did everything great on my end Testing sparing partners and coaches even isolating myself from my family and friends for months. Of course I am upset but I have been here before, I’ll be even stronger come October. Never make me mad!!!— 100 Billion (@coolboysteph) September 7, 2021
Neither PBC nor Showtime have announced a new date, making it unclear whether the fight will actually happen in October. We’ve seen our share of fast turnarounds, like Kenshiro Teraji vs. Masamichi Yabuki, so it’s certainly possible.
Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KO) scored a career-best win in May by stopping Luis Nery with a vicious body shot, claiming his ninth knockout victory in his last 10 fights in the process. He and the ultra-slick Fulton (19-0, 8 KO) figured to put on a hell of a show and establish the winner as an unquestionable top-two fighter at the weight, so let’s hope they manage to put the fight back together.
The card also featured Ra’eese Aleem vs. Eduardo Baez and Gary Antonio Russell vs. Alejandro Barrera, and we’ve yet to here whether they’ll remain on that date or follow the main event to a new one. If the latter, it’s yet another rapid-fire setback for Russell, who saw an August clash with WBSS semifinalist Emmanuel Rodriguez end in 16 seconds due to a clash of heads. It’s