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  Brandon Figueroa vs. Mark Magsayo
Virtual Press Conference Quotes

All-action former world champions Brandon The Heartbreaker Figueroa and Mark Magnifico Magsayo previewed their showdown for the vacant Interim WBC Featherweight Title during a virtual press conference Wednesday before they step into the ring on Saturday, March 4 live on SHOWTIME from Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif., topping a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will see former unified world champion Swift Jarrett Hurd return to action against the power-punching Armando Resndiz in the 10-round middleweight co-main event, while unbeaten young middleweights Amilcar Vidal and Elijah Garcia meet in a 10-round showdown that kicks off the telecast.

Figueroa and Magsayo will each look to move one step closer to regaining championship status by capturing the interim 126-pound title on March 4. Figueroa debuted at featherweight with a scintillating knockout last July after an impressive run at 122-pounds, while Magsayo looks to bounce back after dropping the WBC Featherweight World Championship via split decision against Rey Vargas on that same card in July.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:


[Mark] Magsayo is an amazing fighter and I expect a lot from him. Ive been in Las Vegas for over a month and things are going great. Magsayo is a strong fighter, but Im a strong fighter as well. I have what it takes to take this fight right to him and show the world that I have the same power at featherweight.

Everyone knows that I come to fight. Come March 4, everyone is going to see what kind of fighter I am at 126-pounds.

I know exactly what Im doing when I fight inside the pocket. When Im inside, Im really comfortable and I know how to work. I can let my body shots off from there. Weve worked on a lot of things though, because I know Magsayo is a heavy hitter like me.

As fans expected from Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, this is going to be an amazing fight. We both have the heart of a lion and were both trying to become champions again. I wont let anyone get in my way. Im coming out of the ring as a champion.

Ive been in there with a lot of world champions and great fighters. We both fought Julio Ceja, and only Magsayo got knocked down. I was able to handle the power. He didnt make me buckle, and he weighed in four pounds heavier than I did.

This could be another Fight of the Year candidate. Im ready to show off my skills. The fans love when I fight because they know its never boring. I want to fight the best of the best and keep proving to everyone that I belong at this level.

Weve been focused on Magsayo and weve seen that he was frustrated and impatient against Rey Vargas. Were learning from it and preparing to take advantage of it.

People have been saying theyre going to knock me out since the start of my career. They can say what they want about my style, but Im still here. And Im not here by the skin of my teeth. I work hard. Come fight night, hell find out if Im easy to knock out or not.

I expected Stephen Fulton Jr., to not take the rematch with me. My job is to go out there and give a spectacular fight for the fans. I do what I do best, and thats fight. I do feel like the rematch will happen in the future, its just a matter of time.


The winner of this fight is going to be the fans. Im coming back stronger than ever.

Ive been training since October for this fight and its been great. Ive been doing a lot of rounds in sparring. This is going to be a great fight.

I learned from my last fight that I needed to adjust for a fighter with a reach advantage like Rey Vargas. I really thought I won the fight, but I respect the judges. Im coming to use my power and damage and hit Figueroa hard.

I want to thank Freddie Roach for everything I learned from him. Now having Marvin Somodio as my trainer. He is a great trainer and we understand each other.

I guarantee that this is going to be a great fight. [Brandon] Figueroa is strong and always comes forward. But Im strong too and thats going to make this fight one you dont want to miss.

If I get the opportunity to fight Vargas again, and I win on March 4, Ill be ready. If he wants to come back down in weight, Ill jump at the opportunity to fight him.

Im hungrier than ever. Ive always been hungry, but I know that I need to win this fight. This is my chance to become a champion again.

Its going to be a great night. Southern California has amazing fight fans. Were both exciting fighters and everyone knows that theyre going to want to be at the edge of their seats for this one.

Ive been smarter in training and paying more attention to the details. Im going to add more defense and make sure that Im always training smartly. I almost won that last fight, so there are just small adjustments that needed to be made.

Ive come back stronger for this fight. I learned a lot from my last fight. Im very thankful to have an opportunity like this to show everyone that Im a better fighter now.


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