By Jake Donovan
Brandon Figueroa’s homecoming now has an actual home.
The unbeaten 22-year old will defend his interim super bantamweight title versus Argentina’s Javier Chacon. Their bout will top the August 24 edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1, which BoxingScene.com has learned will take place at Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Tex.
The state of the art 7,700-seat venue—which only opened its doors last August—is less than 20 minutes from Figueroa’s Weslaco hometown. Its primary occupant is the NBA G-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers but also regularly hosts music concerts and has even presented an edition of WWE Live.
Now, the arena will host its first-ever boxing event, a fitting debut given the headlining act is also the region’s only current major (albeit interim) titlist.
Figueroa (19-0, 14KOs) will fight for the third time in 2019, with each of his last five fights overall garnering airtime. All have ended inside the distance, including an 8th round stoppage of Yonfrez Parejo live on Fox this past April in Carson, Calif.
The bout netted the Texan his first major title, a secondary version to the WBA “Super” belt held by unified titlist Daniel Roman. Belt status aside, the recent stretch has elevated Figueroa from rising prospect to a significant threat in the loaded 122-pound division.
He has also emerged from the shadow of underachieving older brother Omar Figueroa Jr., an unbeaten former lightweight titlist whose weight issues have prevented him from realizing his full potential. It hasn’t at all been the case for the younger Figueroa, whom has quickly emerged as a favorite among the Fox Sports circuit.
Argentina’s Chacon (29-4-1, 9KOs) takes his third swing at a major title, having fallen short in bantamweight title bids versus Anselmo Moreno and Jamie McDonnell, both taking place in 2014. The 38-year old enters the bout riding a four-fight win streak as he fights in the United States for the first time in his 15-year career.
It couldn’t come in more hostile territory, as Figueroa fights in his true home region for the first time in nearly two years. A 4th round stoppage of Victor Proa in nearby Mercedes in Oct. 2017 ignited his current six-fight knockout streak.
Figueroa will aim for lucky number seven all for the viewing pleasure of his hometown crowd—now that the show has a place to truly call home.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox