Brandon Figueroa Talks Game Plan for Defeating Rey Vargas
Former junior featherweight champion *Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (24-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over one-time WBC featherweight belt-holder Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo. With the win, Figueroa captured the WBC Interim featherweight strap. Next up for Figueroa is likely a fight against reigning WBC 126-pound “El” Rey Vargas (36-1, 22 KOs).
BREAKING DOWN EL REY
Vargas was sitting ringside for Figueroa vs Magsayo. During the post-fight press conference, The Heartbreaker talked about a potential matchup with Vargas and what he would need to do to beat him.
“I feel like he’s a tall, lanky fighter. He’s going to box me, obviously. My job is going to be the aggressor, as always. Come forward, maybe box him a little bit, lefty, righty. As I do so well, just take the fight to him.”
Vargas is a two-division champion. In his last outing in February 2023, he moved up to 130, looking to become a three-division world champion. Attempting to win the vacant WBC junior lightweight title, he was soundly beaten by O’Shaquie Foster. Following that setback, Vargas said he would likely return to 126.
If so, Figueroa is waiting. The 26-year-old is on a mission to fight and beat the best of the best and get to the top of the mountain in the featherweight division. If it means going through Vargas, so be it.