Stephen Fulton: “To Become The First Undisputed Super Bantamweight Champion, I Have To Accomplish That”
By: Hans Themistode
2021 played out exactly how Stephen Fulton envisioned it.
The Philadelphia product began his year by achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a world champion. Despite Angelo Leo promising to put a halt to Fulton’s hype train, the former WBO super bantamweight titlist was thoroughly out-boxed by Fulton, resulting in a wide unanimous decision defeat.
With the WBO 122 pound trinket now around his waist, Fulton immediately jumped at the opportunity to unify titles against, former WBC belt holder, Brandon Figueroa, at the tail end of the year. Although their contest was close, Fulton ultimately eked out a close majority decision victory.
If things were completely up to him, Fulton would love to lace his gloves against fellow unified champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (MJ). After stripping former unified champion Daniel Roman of the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles in January of 2020, MJ has gone on to successfully defend his titles on two separate occasions. Most recently, the Uzbekistan product easily defeated Jose Velasquez via unanimous decision.
Although a clash between the pair is unlikely for Fulton’s next trip to the ring, he appears content with waiting until the second half of 2022 to face his unified contemporary. Considering that the super bantamweight division has never yielded an undisputed champion, Fulton’s sole focus is to become the first man to do so.
“My plans are getting another fight in the meantime until we get the MJ fight to become undisputed. I’m just ready to become undisputed,” said Fulton to FightHype.com. “To become the first undisputed super bantamweight champion of the world, ever, the first? I have to accomplish that and I can do that.”
Though Fulton has been lauded for his grit, tenacity, and overall skills – the Philadelphian has seldom shown one-punch knockout power. With only 40% of his contests ending before the final, Fulton isn’t worried about his lack of power moving forward.
If Fulton is successful in his bid to become an undisputed world champion, he’ll immediately drop all four 122 pound titles and move up in weight. When that time comes, Fulton believes that with the added weight and girth, he’ll be much more explosive.
“I just want to become undisputed and move up,” continued Fulton. “I feel like I’m still getting stronger, I’m getting bigger, I’m getting better and when I move up to 26 – y’all are going to see a helluva lot of knockouts.”
Shakur Stevenson Open To Showdown Against Stephen Fulton: “I Don’t Mind At All”
By: Hans Themistode
Stephen Fulton is sick and tired of not getting the respect he believes he truly deserves. The 27-year-old Philadelphia native registered his best stretch yet as a professional.
In the first month of 2021, Fulton dethroned former WBO super bantamweight champion, Angelo Leo. Ten months later, Fulton would add even more gold to his shoulders, taking care of business against Brandon Figueroa. In the process, Fulton ripped away Figueroa’s WBC title as well.
Yet, despite becoming a unified 122-pound champion, Fulton is unsatisfied with the amount of respect he’s receiving in the boxing world. So, in an effort to force the pugilistic sport to revere his overall skills, Fulton is threatening to not only clean out his own weight class but do so in several others as well.
“I’m on everybody ass this year from 122-130Lbs,” said Fulton on his social media account. “Mark my words. Don’t ever disrespect me again!”
Although the words of Fulton didn’t appear to offend any of the other world champions at 122 and 126 pounds, Shakur Stevenson, the WBO 130 pound titlist, immediately became truculent.
“Hol up now champ,” said Stevenson in response to Fulton. “That 130 on clamps. Shit finna be in a chokehold.”
Though Fulton refrained from openly calling Stevenson out, he did make his feelings clear that a matchup between the pair was not out of the realm of possibility.
“122 in a headlock,” continued Fulton. “26-30 right there though. I see it.”
The 24-year-old Stevenson recently captured his second world title against Jamel Herring. In front of a mostly pro-Herring crowd at State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Stevenson decisively outboxed his man before scoring the stoppage victory to claim the WBO super featherweight title.
At the moment, Stevenson’s Hitlist includes the likes of Gervonta Davis and Vasiliy Lomachenko. But, more than anything, if the choice was solely his, Stevenson would jump at the opportunity to face WBC 130 pound titlist, Oscar Valdez.
Still, despite Fulton not being a part of Stevenson’s immediate plans, if Fulton were truly anxious to try his hand at the super featherweight division, Stevenson urges him to pick up the phone and give him a call.
“I’m a champion at 130 who will look to give another champion a opportunity. Just let me know, I don’t mind at all.”
Brandon Figueroa Vs. Stephen Fulton Postponed As Figueroa Tests Positive For COVID-19
By: Hans Themstode
Most of the hard work was already completed for WBC super bantamweight champion, Brandon Figueroa.
The 24-year-old was less than two weeks away from attempting to add even more gold to his waist, as he was set to take on WBO belt holder, Stephen Fulton. However, their September 18th, clash has officially been postponed as Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) tested positive for COVID-19.
While their contest was originally set to take place at Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is unclear if the venue will remain the same. As for their make up date, nothing has been revealed as of yet.
Although Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) was ultimately devastated by the news, having tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, the 27-year-old understands exactly what Figueroa is going through and wished his future opponent a quick healing process.
“Prayers out to Brandon,” said Fulton on his Twitter account. “Hope he recover. I did everything great on my end. Testing, sparring partners and coaches, even isolating myself from my family and friends for months. Of course I am upset but I have been here before. I’ll be even strong come October.”
Fulton’s comments indicate that their showdown will be rescheduled for sometime in October, but nothing has been confirmed.
Since winning his world title against Angelo Leo in January earlier this year, Fulton looked forward to facing yet another undefeated fighter. In Figueroa, Fulton was tasked with leaving the first blemish on his professional record. While Fulton has successfully taken down eight previously undefeated fighters, Figueroa figured to be his most difficult challenge.
The 24-year-old Texas native picked up the most impressive win of his career in his most recent ring appearance, a seventh-round stoppage victory over Luis Nery in mid-May.
Despite heading into their showdown as the slight underdog, Figueroa had little to no trouble dealing with the pressure and volume punching of Nery, nailing his man with a body shot that saw him unable to continue.
Stephen Fulton Unimpressed With Brandon Figueroa’s Win Over Luis Nery: “It Was An Ok Performance”
By: Hans Themistode
Over the past few weeks, Stephen Fulton was asked to put on his analysis cap.
The WBO super bantamweight world champion was bombarded with numerous questions pertaining to the showdown between WBC titlist Luis Nery and WBA ‘Regular’ champion Brandon Figueroa. Although the betting public leaned heavily towards Nery, Fulton went against the grain and sided with Figueroa.
After seven rounds of back and fourth action last night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) was proven to be right as Figueroa pulled off the upset win, stopping his man in the seventh with a shot to the midsection. While many were surprised with the end result, Fulton simply shrugged his shoulders as he wasn’t surprised.
“I knew it was going to be him,” said Fulton during an interview with Behind The Gloves. “I didn’t expect it to be a body shot but I knew he would eventually finish him.”
Fulton, 26, clapped his hands and smiled once Figueroa was given the victory. The jubilation for the Philadelphia native stems from knowing that he’ll now have an opportunity to become a unified champion.
Long before both Nery and Figueroa stepped into the ring against one another, it was revealed that the winner of their contest would take on Fulton immediately after. Despite Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) putting on a strong performance, Fulton was ultimately left unimpressed with his future opponent.
“It was an ok performance. He got hit a lot, slow punches and a lot of misses.”
Calling Fulton a confident fighter would be putting it mildly. A similar amount of hubris was shown by the young star during the buildup of his showdown against Angelo Leo. The two clashed earlier this year with Leo’s WBO title on the line. While he sported an undefeated record, Fulton couldn’t care less as he easily outboxed and outmuscled his man en route to winning his first world title.
Now, after watching his future opponent up close and personal, Fulton simply believes that in just a few more months, he’ll be wrapping even more gold around his waist.
“I’m the more slicker fighter and more accurate puncher.”