30 Nov 2021 | 06:58
Brandon Figueroa will meet Stephen Fulton Jr. in a unification bout for the WBC and WBO super bantamweight championships on Saturday. The scheduled 12-round event will take place at Dolby Live at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. Figueroa, 24, enters the bout having compiled a 22-0-1 record, including 17 by knockout. Fulton, 27, has been equally impressive, having compiled a 19-0 record, including eight wins by knockout.
The main card is slated to begin at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime with the headliners expected to reach the ring by around 11:30 p.m. ET. Fulton is a -330 favorite (risk $330 to win $100), while Figueroa is priced at +260 in the latest Fulton vs. Figueroa odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The over-under for total rounds expected is set at 10.5. Before locking in any Figueroa vs. Fulton picks, make sure you check out the boxing predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Brandon Wise.
Wise, who is the combat sports editor for CBS Sports, is an experienced boxing analyst. Just three weeks ago, he accurately called a stoppage between rounds No. 10 and 12 for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against Caleb Plant in their super middleweight unification bout. The proposition selection paid +450 and Wise also correctly called the fight to go over 9.5 rounds (-125) as Alvarez stopped Plant in Round 11. His strong 2021 boxing record also includes calling Jamel Herring (+105) to upset Carl Frampton (-125) in April.
Now, with Saturday’s huge fight approaching, Wise has studied Figueroa vs. Fulton from every angle and identified the best values in the boxing odds. You can only see his highly confident prop bets and money-line picks at SportsLine.
Why you should back Fulton
Wise notes that the 27-year-old Fulton has an impressive resume. In 19 total fights, he has won them all with eight coming by knockout. Fulton made his professional debut on Oct. 14, 2014, against Isaac Badger. After winning the fight by TKO in the second round, he signed with Premier Boxing Champions. Over the next five years, he went 15-0 with six victories by stoppage.
In his 16th fight, Fulton scored a unanimous decision victory over Paulus Ambunda to win the IBO super bantamweight title. After knocking out Isaac Avelar in the sixth round in August 2019, he faced Arnold Khegai for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight title on Jan. 25, 2020. He won that bout by unanimous decision.
Why you should back Figueroa
Like Fulton, Figueroa has had a lot of success throughout his career, and has held the WBC super-bantamweight crown since May 2021 and had held the WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title from 2019 to September 2021. He is the top-ranked super bantamweight, according to BoxRec, is No. 3 by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and is fourth by The Ring. He began his professional career with a four-round unanimous decision over Hector Gutierrez in May 2015.
He displayed his dominance immediately, and only two of his first nine fights went the distance, winning seven by knockout. He won the WBA interim super bantamweight crown in April 2019, when Yonfrez Parejo retired in the eighth round of a scheduled 12-round bout. Since then, he has gone 3-0-1, winning the WBC super-bantamweight title in the process after knocking out Luis Nery at 2:18 of the seventh round on May 15, 2021.