Stephen Fulton will be among the sport’s most interested observers when Luis Nery and Brandon Figueroa collide next month.
The unbeaten reigning WBO junior featherweight titlist from Philadelphia will have the chance to add two more titles to his collection in his next fight. Fulton will face the winner of the May 15 clash between WBC champ Luis Nery and secondary WBA titleholder Brandon Figueroa, with the unified title clash due to headline a September 11 Showtime Championship Boxing telecast from a location to be determined.
Fulton (19-0, 8KOs) made the most of his rescheduled title fight with Albuquerque’s Angelo Leo (20-1, 9KOs), scoring a landslide unanimous decision this past January at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout came five months after they were due to meet last August 1st, only for Fulton to have to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. Leo wound up facing unbeaten Tramaine Williams whom he outpointed to claim the vacant WBO title.
Next up for the supremely talented 26-year-old will be his fourth consecutive undefeated opponent, no matter the winner on May 15. All four current major title claimants at junior featherweight boast unbeaten records, with Fulton joined by Tijuana’s Nery (31-0, 24KOs), Weslaco, Texas’ Figueroa (21-0-1, 16KOs) and Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0. 7KOs) who holds the WBA “Super” and IBF titles.
Nery and Figueroa will collide in a rare unification bout allowing a secondary title to be at stake along with another sanctioning body’s belt. The fight along with the winner facing Fulton serve among four title unification championships gracing Showtime’s upcoming stretch. The pair of junior featherweight unification bouts bookend a nine-event spring and summer schedule formally announced Thursday by Showtime.
No other details were yet revealed for the September 11 Showtime Championship Boxing telecast.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox