By: Hans Themistode
2021 plays 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’s promise to stop Fulton’s exaggerated drills, the former WBO super bantamweight player was completely removed by Fulton, resulting in a unanimous decision defeat.
With the 122-pound WBO bauble now hanging around her waist, Fulton immediately jumped at the chance to unify the titles against WBC belt holder Brandon Figueroa later this year. Although their contest was over, Fulton ultimately won a decisive majority.
If all goes his way, Fulton would love to fight team champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (MJ). After stripping former WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman in January 2020, MJ has gone on to successfully defend his title on two separate occasions. Most recently, the attack of Uzbekistan easily defeated Jose Velasquez with a decisive goal.
While a clash between the pair is unlikely for Fulton’s next trip to the ring, he seems content with waiting until the second half of 2022 to face the contemporary. its unification. Considering that super bantamweight has never yielded an undisputed champion, Fulton’s sole focus has been on being the first man to do so.
“My plans are to have another fight in the meantime until we make the MJ fight undisputed. I was ready to be undisputed,” Fulton told FightHype.com. “To be the world’s first undisputed super bantamweight champion, ever, the first? I have to get it done and I can do it.”
Though Fulton has been praised for his grit, perseverance, and overall skills – Philadelphia rarely displays the power to knock out a single punch. With only 40% of his competitions ending before the finals, Fulton is not worried about his lack of strength to move forward.
If Fulton were successful in his bid to become the undisputed world champion, he would immediately drop all four 122-pound titles and gain weight. When that time comes, Fulton believes that with the extra weight and girth, he’ll be much more explosive.
“I just wanted to be undisputed and move on,” Fulton continued. “I feel like I’m still getting stronger, I’m getting bigger, I’m getting better and when I turn 26 – you’re all going to have to see a lot of knockouts. ”