Brandon Figueroa and Stephen Fulton have received a new date for their 122-pound title unification fight.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Figueroa and Fulton will headline a rescheduled “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader November 27, the Saturday night after Thanksgiving Day. The site for the card headlined by Figueroa-Fulton, which was supposed to take place this Saturday night at Park MGM’s Park Theater in Las Vegas, will remain the same.
Figueroa contracted COVID-19 earlier this month. The unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion withdrew from their bout early last week.
The postponement was announced September 7. Figueroa has already returned to the gym, which enabled Al Haymon’s PBC and Showtime to rearrange this three-bout broadcast rather quickly.
Philadelphia’s Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) and Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, will fight for Fulton’s WBO junior featherweight title and Figueroa’s WBC crown.
The rest of this postponed tripleheader will remain intact as well.
In the 10-round, co-featured fight, Ra’eese Aleem (18-0, 12 KOs), of Muskegon, Michigan, will meet Mexico’s Eduardo Baez (19-1-2, 6 KOs). The Aleem-Baez bout initially was planned as a 12-rounder for Aleem’s WBA interim super bantamweight championship, but the WBA eliminated all of its interim titles late last month in response to intense criticism initiated by the outcome of a controversial 12-round WBA interim welterweight championship match in which unbeaten Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre scored a suspicious, unanimous-decision victory over American Mykal Fox on August 7 at The Armory in Minneapolis.
Showtime’s telecast will begin November 27 with another 10-round bout between top bantamweight contender Gary Antonio Russell (18-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC), of Capitol Heights, Maryland, and Mexican veteran Alexandro Santiago (24-2-5, 13 KOs).
This tripleheader will mark Showtime’s second COVID-related, rescheduled show in November.
The premium cable network first will air a three-fight telecast November 13 from Footprint Center, which will feature former WBC super middleweight champ David Benavidez at the home venue of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Phoenix’s Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) is set to oppose Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KOs) in the 12-round main event, a WBC elimination match.
Benavidez and Uzcategui were scheduled to fight August 28 at the same venue. That card was postponed August 11 because Benavidez tested positive for COVID-19.
Benavidez’s older brother, Jose Benavidez Jr., will compete in Showtime’s co-feature November 13. Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-1, 18 KOs) will square off against Argentina’s Francisco Torres (17-3, 5 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight match.
Jose Benavidez Jr. hasn’t fought since WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) stopped him in the 12th round of their October 2018 bout at CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford’s hometown.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.