Stephen Fulton

WBO champion Stephen Fulton Jr. poses with members of his team after defeating WBC champion Brandon Figueroa in a super bantamweight title unification fight at the Dolby Live at Park MGM theater on November 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Undefeated Stephen Fulton held on to his two world super bantamweight boxing titles Saturday with a unanimous decision victory over fellow American Daniel Roman.

Judges awarded Fulton the 12-round victory by scores of 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I made a hell of a statement tonight,” Fulton said. “I told you I would make an easy fight depending on how I felt, and I woke up feeling good.”

Fulton, 21-0 with eight knockouts, kept the World Boxing Council crown he won by majority decision over countryman Brandon Figueroa last November and the World Boxing Organization title he took by unanimous decision over compatriot Angelo Leo in January 2021.

Roman, 29-4 with one drawn, was the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion in the 122-pound (55.3kg) division until losing both belts to unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev in 2020.

Fulton said he wanted to face Akhmadaliev for an undisputed crown.

“I’ve got to,” he said. “We’ve got to finish this up.”

Roman, who was coming off a career-long 13-month layoff, said Fulton’s victory showed he was the best in the division.

“This fight proved who was the best fighter in the division,” Roman said. “Fulton was the better man. I wish him the best. Let him go and achieve what I couldn’t achieve, the undisputed.”

Fulton, 27, used superior jabs and counterpunches plus faster footwork to control early rounds. Roman, 32, began pressing the attack harder in the seventh round but could not overcome Fulton’s dominating moves.

“Any moment he had, I took it right away from him,” Fulton said. “I neutralized the threat.”


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