We’ve known for a long time that Stephen Fulton is an exceptional boxer. In his most recent match, he revealed something new, which may not be good news for his opponents.
Fulton probably overcame the 122-pound WBO championship belt when it was Angelo Leo to claim his first major belt this past January. Instead, boxer Philly surprised many by knocking down with a slug and still showing up with a hit. decided to close soon and coveted belts.
He faces another pressure boxer in WBC champion Brandon Figueroa on November 27 in Las Vegas, where they will unify their titles.
“I like to fight that way,” he told Boxing Junkie. “I feel like my corner doesn’t like me fighting that way. And I respect that. Sometimes they have to save the fighter from themselves. We want to save some for ourselves and our children later in life. And I understand that.
“[But] As a boxer, you just want to have a great performance. We want to be masculine men or dogs. That’s what we live for. That’s the fun and excitement we get from it. ”
We may get more of the same on November 27.
Leo and Figueroa are both strong, aggressive fighters who throw a lot of punches. However, Fulton said Figueroa offers a different degree of intensity.
“Even though they are similar, they are completely different,” he said. “They bring different kinds of angles, different amounts of heat being thrown at you. Brandon is a more overwhelming fighter, he will overwhelm you. Angelo Leo is just someone who will move forward with you. “
Fulton was asked about his plan to deal with that pressure and he laughed, joking that the interviewer must be a spy working for Figueroa.
He won’t reveal too much about his strategy, other than saying he’ll be, ‘Let the fight come to me, let him do his job. And I will do it. In other words, he will box when he needs to crack and scuffle when he needs to brawl.
One thing is clear: He is confident. He’s focused on Figueroa – anything else would be suicide – but he’s thinking bigger than that.
Teofimo Lopez, Josh Taylor and Canelo Alvarez recently proved that it is possible to be undisputed champions even in an age of split titles. Alvarez stopped Caleb Plant from winning all four of the 168-pound mains belts last week.
That’s what Fulton had in mind: beat Figueroa and then aim for the undefeated Uzbek Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev, who holds the IBF and WBA youth featherweight belts.
Fulton (19-0.8 KO) has been considered one of the best players in the group of talented young stars rising, led by Lopez at the moment. Consecutive victories over Figueroa and Akhmadaliev will lift him to new heights.
He believes it is his destiny.
“Certainly,” said Fulton. “I want us to get past Figueroa and then I want to go into the MJ fight. … [I just have to] Keep winning, keep being happy, keep hugging everyone, keep hugging the fans. That will take me to the top. “
And simply reaching the top of the sport is not enough. He wants to give fans more of what they saw in the fight against Leo.
“I feel the more… entertaining people, the more fun I feel doing my job,” he said. “Feeling amused” [of] others will bring out the best from me. Now I know, ‘OK, they like that?’ I want to do it again. ‘They like that?’ Okay, let me do it this way now. ‘
“That’s what I’m getting out of it right now.”
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