FightPost Boxer of the Week: Stephen Fulton
By Gary Kittilsen
On a relatively quiet weekend of boxing that had just one major card featuring two former world champions who both took care of business in dominant fashion against somewhat modest opposition.
It was a young upstart on the undercard that captured everyone’s attention in the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
On the undercard of Garcia-Redkac a battle of unbeaten super bantamweight prospect kicked off the main telecast and it was 25-year-old “Cool Boy” Stephen Fulton, of Philadelphia, took a very impressive lopsided unanimous decision victory by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-1112 to run his record to a perfect 18-0 (8), as well as pick up a minor WBO belt and take home our Fighter of the Week award.
He also put himself in an excellent position to secure a world title shot before the end of 2020. It was the seventh undefeated fighter Fulton has bested in his young career.
Going into Saturday nights scrap at the Barclays Center Stephen Fulton vs Arnold Khegai was supposed to be the biggest test for both men and at least on paper was supposed to be a fifty-fifty type of fight.
However, once the opening bell sounded it was mostly one-way traffic. Fulton’s jab controlled the majority of the action and won him the opening three stanzas. After Khegai rallied in the fourth.
The tough Philly fighter got back to basics and fired the jab, kept circling the ring, and made the native Ukranian miss over and over again. Being outworked and out-landed through the middle rounds Khegai had no choice but to go for broke in the later rounds and was able to land some good shots and got the better of the heated exchanges in the 11th.
Knowing the fight was in the bank Fulton decided not to engage with his hard-hitting opponent in the final round and rather opted to get on his bicycle and run out the clock and pick up the lopsided unanimous decision victory.
It was a highly impressive performance from the young Fulton, one that will likely propel the young Philadelphian to a world title shot at some point this year. With Danny Garcia, who fought in the main event and Julian Williams, who lost last week, both without a world titles the famous fighting city of Philadelphia is down to just one world champ, Tevin Farmer who holds the 130-pound IBF strap. Cool Boy will look to bring another belt back to the city of brotherly love.
He is on the right side of the promotional street to make the dream a reality. Both the WBC champ, Rey Vargas, and WBA “Regular” champ Brandon Figueroa are under the same promotional banner and a fight with either champion can easily be made. Fulton speaks of going up and challenging Gary Russelll Jr for his 126t pound belt before Russell leaves the division but for now, he says has his “sights set on cleaning up all the titles at 122” as well as taking on the former 122-pound champ and two-time Olympic gold-medalist, legendary Cuban, Guillermo Rigondeaux.