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Who won Figueroa vs Ceja?
Brandon Figueroa drew with Julio Ceja by split draw in their 12 round contest on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 115-113, 114-114, 112-116, meaning it was a split draw.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 122 pounds (8.7 stone or 55.3 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA super bantamweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Deontay Wilder beating Luis Ortiz for the WBC World Heavyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Leo Santa Cruz beat Miguel Flores for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight belt.
Figueroa vs Ceja stats
Brandon Figueroa stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 20 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Julio Ceja made his way to the ring with a record of 32 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 28 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Ceja had advantage in power over Figueroa, with a 88% knock out percentage over Figueroa's 75%.
Brandon Figueroa was the younger man by 4 years, at 26 years old.
Figueroa had a height advantage of 3 inches over Ceja. That also extended to a 9-inch reach advantage.
Both Brandon Figueroa & Julio Ceja fought out of an orthodox stance.
Figueroa was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 16 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 5 year and 9 months later than Ceja, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 43 less professional rounds, 141 to Ceja's 184.
Julio Ceja was ranked number 8 by the WBA in the 122lb division.
Figueroa vs Ceja form
Brandon Figueroa had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Javier Nicolas Chacon on 24th August 2019 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBA Interim World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Weslaco, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Yonfrez Parejo on 20th April 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Interim World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Going into that contest, he had beat Moises Flores on 13th January 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Microsoft Theater, California.
Before that, he had defeated Oscar Escandon on 30th September 2018 by knockout in the 10th round at Citizens Business Bank Arena, California.
He had won against Luis Roy Suarez Cruz on 4th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Nassau Coliseum, New York.
Julio Ceja had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux on 23rd June 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBC World Super Bantamweight eliminator fight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Franklin Manzanilla on 26th May 2018 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Teatro Moliere, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Anselmo Moreno on 27th May 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Centro de Convenciones Amador, Panama City, Panama.
Before that, he had lost to Hugo Ruiz on 27th February 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
He had beat Hugo Ruiz on 29th August 2015 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Brandon Figueroa had been fighting more than Julio Ceja.
Going to this contest, Brandon Figueroa had last fought 3 years, 5 months and 14 days ago, while Julio Ceja's last outing had been 3 years, 7 months and 15 days ago.
Figueroa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.2 rounds on average.
Ceja's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 5 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 5 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
What time did Figueroa vs Ceja start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 11:00 PM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Figueroa vs Ceja?
Figueroa vs Ceja was broadcast on FOX Sports PPV in the US.
What were the odds on Figueroa vs Ceja?
Brandon Figueroa was a 17/100 (-590) favourite going into the contest, while Julio Ceja made his way into the ring at 7/2 (+350) with oddsmakers.