EDINBURG — Weslaco’s Brandon Lee Figueroa, widely known as “The Heartbreaker,” captured the interim World Boxing Association World Super Bantamweight title in April with his sixth consecutive knockout victory.
Figueroa (19-0, 14 KOs) will defend that title for the first time in his backyard as he headlines Fox Sports 1 Premier Boxing Champions Fight Night on Aug. 24 at Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg. It will be the first time the arena has hosted combat sports. It will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Deportes.
“It’s amazing making history here at Bert Ogden Arena,” Figueroa said during a news conference Thursday at the arena to announce the fight. “It’s one of the best venues in the Valley and probably all of Texas. It’s new, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, and I can’t wait to fill it up with my fans and supporters.”
“The Heartbreaker” will defend his title against Javier “Chispita” Chacon (29-4-1, 9 KOs), an Argentine fighter whose three of four losses have come against championship title holders.
“He’s a veteran, he’s going to come to fight,” Figueroa said. “I don’t take any opponent lightly. I’m working as if I’m fighting the world champion; I’m never going to let up. I can’t wait because I know it’s going to be a good, fan-friendly fight.”
Figueroa has fought in the Rio Grande Valley on six occasions. The most recent was Oct. 14, 2017, when he beat Victor Proa by TKO at the Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds. This time, he’ll be doing it under the bright lights of Bert Ogden Arena.
In his corner will be his father, Omar Figueroa Sr., as well as Brandon’s brother, former World Boxing Council lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr.
While the Figueroa family saw a dream come true with Omar Jr., Omar Sr. didn’t envision boxing in Brandon’s future.
“I had a dream with my older son Omar and we accomplished it, but it was through hard work and sacrifice,” Omar Figueroa Sr. said. “Honestly, I did not want Brandon to box. He was just so skinny and I didn’t want him to box, but he said, ‘No, Dad, I want to box.’ He almost started training by himself, and look at this kid — he’s ferocious, he’s relentless and he impresses me every time with how hard he hits and how hard he goes to the body.”
“The Heartbreaker’s” mentality each time he steps into the ring is that of a Mexican fighter, Brandon Figueroa said. Just 22 years old, he has knocked out 14 of his 19 opponents and looks to add Chacon to that list. As a child, Brandon Figueroa took to boxing like a fish to water.
“I’ve been fighting basically all my life. I feel like I was born to do this,” Brandon said. “Every other sport, I wasn’t good, except for boxing. This is the only sport where I can compete with my older brother. Every sport my brother did, he was the best, he broke records, but not me. I just wasn’t good. But when it came to boxing, it was the only sport I could compete with him and it’s something that comes natural to me.”
“The Heartbreaker” looks to pick up his 20th professional boxing victory.
Figueroa is ranked No. 8, according to the “The Ring’s” rankings. The United States’ Daniel Roman is the top-ranked boxer in the weight class with a 27-2-1 record (10 KOs) and Mexico’s Rey Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs), the WBC champion, is ranked No. 2.
“I’m looking forward to this fight and I’m going to continue to knock people out and move up the 122-pound rankings,” he said. “I’m facing an awkward fighter, but I believe there will be an opening for me to attack his body, which is one of my strengths. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and I’m working hard like the fight is in two weeks. I’ll be more than ready on Aug. 24.”
The card will also feature boxers from across the RGV on the prelims and undercard like Nelson Hampton (5-2) out of Edinburg, Raphael Murphy (12-1) of Harlingen, Johnny Tapia (8-3) from Brownsville and Mission’s Dimas De Leon (7-0). The Fox Sports 1 televised portion will include matchups of undefeated fighters Stephen “CoolBoySteph” Fulton Jr. against Isaac Avelar in super bantamweight action and Houston’s Darwin Price against Donovan Estrella in a super lightweight bout.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting BertOgdenArena.com.