Stephen Fulton quietly rose to prominence as one of the most interesting fighters in boxing, en route capturing the WBC title at super bantamweight and WBO titles at ultra bantamweight. Fulton will face Danny Roman (9:00 p.m.) on Saturday night. Roman is a former WBA and IBF champion. ET, Showtime).
Fulton (20-0-8 KO) has been repeatedly placed in the ring alongside pressure fighters trying to negate what is arguably Fulton’s greatest strength: a piston-like jab which, when rolling allows Fulton control distance and disrupt his opponent’s rhythm. Fulton's ability to control distance and disrupt his opponent's rhythm has been revealed by the constant diet of pressure fighters.
"Cool Boy Steph," a fighter with Brandon Figueroa, fought in his latest fight. It was one of the most exciting fights of 2021. They fought to the death, exchanging powerful combinations of power shots and much of their fight was a toe-to–toe affair. The fight was, in theory, the wrong one for Fulton. It played right into Figueroa’s strengths. Fulton, however, didn't give up and won a well-deserved majority decision victory.
Roman (29-3-1 and 10 KO) isn't the most famous fighter who makes it to the elite level. He suffered two losses and one draw in his 11 first fights. He then won 19 consecutive fights and was awarded two world titles.
This run was ended against Murodjon Akhmadaliev who many consider the best super bantamweight fighter in the world. Roman was a strong fighter, but lost by a split decision in a highly competitive fight that many believed would result in a rematch for both the WBA or IBF titles.
Undercard: Kalvin Henderson takes on David Morrell, WBA regular champion. Morrell is currently just 6-0 with five knockouts. Morrell has managed to complete three consecutive stoppages without difficulty, including a TKO of Alantezfox in the fourth round.
The event will open with a replay from last weekend's exciting PPV between Rolando Romero and Gervonta Tank Davis. After Romero had been able to establish himself early in the fight, Davis won the thrilling knockout in sixth round.
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Roman, however, enters the ring with a winning streak of two fights and a chance at the two other world titles in the division.
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Roman is a great fighter and one the "good guys" in boxing. This matchmaking is excellent at the elite level of the division. Fulton has shown that he is capable of beating tough opponents no matter where they fight. Roman will want to work Fulton inside, but Fulton is aware that he can survive and thrive inside. Roman will have to overcome Fulton's genius jab to gain entry.
Fulton has too many options to win, whereas Roman must jump over several obstacles to reach his goal. Even if he does get there, it will likely be a 50/50 fight. Pick: Stephen Fulton via UD