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As the greatest of his era is inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame, we take a look at five of his greatest moments in a career littered with them.

CANASTOTA, NY—This weekend will mark the largest induction ceremony in the history of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and it seems only fitting that the best of the best top the class: Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hall of Fame had to postpone the induction ceremonies for the 2020 and 2021 HOF classes. So, they’ll join the Class of 2021 with Mayweather and other greats.

Mayweather had to wait a year to be formally inducted, but the all-time great showed his gratitude.

“It is a great honor for me to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a first-ballot nominee and a member of the 2021 class,” Mayweather said. “Throughout my career, I gave everything I could to the sport of boxing, and now, to be recognized by one of the most prestigious honors in the sport for that hard work and dedication is very humbling.”

What got Mayweather here?

He beat the best of his time.

Here are five fights that placed Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) among the best of all-time (an interesting caveat is that three of the five were undefeated when Mayweather beat them; the other two are in or headed to the Hall of Fame).

5 DIEGO CORRALES

Date: January 20, 2001

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

At stake: Mayweather’s WBC super featherweight title

Records at the time: Mayweather 24-0 (18 KOs), Corrales 33-0 (27 KOs)

Result: Mayweather KO 10 (2:19)

Significance: This was a bona fide super fight. At the time, Ring Magazine rated Corrales number five pound-for-pound, Mayweather was number seven. The late Corrales was a monstrous, rangy 5-foot-10½ junior lightweight with one-punch power in both hands. “Chico” entered the fight on a three-fight knockout spree, stopping in order, Derrick Gainer in three, Justin Juuko in 10 and Angel Manfredy in three. Some pundits questioned if Mayweather could withstand the kind of power the undefeated Corrales would bring.

By fight night, HBO’s unofficial scales had Corrales entering the ring at 146 pounds. It didn’t matter. Mayweather had him swatting at air, and the times he stood his ground, he made Corrales eat left hooks, straight rights and jabs. By the seventh, Corrales was totally bewildered. Two left hooks dropped Corrales the first two times in the seventh and a combination of shots spelled the third knockdown in the round. In the seventh, Mayweather connected with 78 percent of his shots—39 out of 50. In contrast, Corrales landed three of five. In the 10th, a left hook put Corrales down a fourth time, and a straight right was the cause for knockdown number five when Corrales’ corner saw enough and finished it—much to the chagrin of Corrales, who vehemently protested to his corner that he was able to continue behind a smashed face.

4 OSCAR DE LA HOYA

Date: May 5, 2007

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

At stake: De La Hoya’s WBC super welterweight title

Records at the time: Mayweather 37-0 (24 KOs), De La Hoya 38-4 (30 KOs)

Result: Mayweather SD (116-112, 115-113, 113-115)

Significance: This is the victory that arguably made Mayweather a superstar. De La Hoya was considered the A-side then but the brash Mayweather showed him little respect, antagonizing “The Golden Boy” during their press tour and outshining him on HBO’s “24-7” documentary series. The build-up to the fight, which Mayweather carried, led to a then-record 2.4 million pay-per-views. 

As far as the fight itself, some questioned if De La Hoya might pose too large a threat to Mayweather at 154. But Mayweather made an accurate prediction entering this fight: De La Hoya would fade as the fight wore on. And he did. In rounds nine and 10, De La Hoya was unable to elude Mayweather’s single lefts and rights. The times De La Hoya tried coming at Mayweather, he missed completely, while Mayweather effectively countered the withering De La Hoya with hard rights. Mayweather won a belt in his fifth weight class (154 pounds), an achievement done by fighters late in their careers. He was just 30. Mayweather also grabbed the mantle from De La Hoya as the best boxer of his time. “It was easy work for me,” Mayweather said afterward. “He was rough and tough, but he couldn't beat the best.”

3 RICKY HATTON

Date: December 8, 2007

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

At stake: Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title

Records at the time: 38-0 (24 KOs), Hatton 43-0 (31 KOs)

Result: Mayweather KO 10 (1:35)

Significance: Having just beaten De La Hoya, this was Mayweather’s second straight mega pay-per-view event, establishing him as far and away the biggest box office star in the sport. Hatton, the unbeaten two-division champ, was coming off a stoppage win over Jose Luis Castillo (a man who took Mayweather the distance twice) and believed he was the man to dethrone “Pretty Boy” Floyd. 

The fight was in Mayweather’s backyard, the familiar MGM Grand Garden Arena before a sold-out crowd of 16,459. But for Mayweather, he may have had the feel of an away team combatting Britain’s favorite pugilist under the constant haranguing of throaty chants by the overwhelmingly British crowd. It didn’t take long for Mayweather to exert his dominance. By the third, he had opened a cut over Hatton’s right eye. By the eighth, Mayweather had Hatton all twisted up, not knowing where he was coming from. By the 10th, the frustrated Hatton was there for the taking. Mayweather uncorked a beautiful “check hook” which sent Hatton crashing into the turnbuckle before he hit the mat. Hatton was out on his feet by the time referee Joe Cortez allowed the action to resume. With 1:32 left in the 10th, Mayweather banged Hatton with two more resounding left hooks against the ropes, and in a delayed, cartoonish reaction, the Brit fell down in a heap and moved Cortez to wave it over. 

2 SAUL "CANELO" ALVAREZ

Date: September 14, 2013

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

At stake: Alvarez’s WBA/WBC super welterweight titles

Records at the time: Mayweather 44-0 (26 KOs), Alvarez 42-0-1 (30 KOs)

Result: Mayweather MD (116-112, 117-111, 114-114)

Significance: This is a victory that ages well with time as Alvarez enters the realm of the all-time greats. The 36-year-old Mayweather had already seen better days, and now he was moving up to challenge a hungry 23-year-old many believed was the next king of boxing. The matchup of superstars drew 2.2 million pay-per-views. What they witnessed was another masterclass from “TBE.” 

Each time Alvarez tried loading up and punching, Mayweather wasn’t there. “Money” baffled his younger foe, peppering him with jabs, strafing straight rights and left hooks. If no one knew any better, they would swear the ages should have been reversed, with the older fighter looking far younger than his years, and younger fighter made to look old and hesitant. It was a dominant performance, even though one judge inexplicably scored the one-sided bout a draw. To this day, Alvarez says the Mayweather loss made him a better fighter.

1 Manny Pacquiao

Date: May 2, 2015

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

At stake: Mayweather’s WBA/WBC welterweight titles; Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title

Records at the time: Mayweather 47-0 (26 KOs), Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38 KOs)

Result: Mayweather UD (116-112, 116-112, 118-110)

Significance: This was Mayweather’s crowning moment and he made it look easy. The world—and not just the boxing world—had waited, and waited, and waited for this megafight to happen. Five years in total. When it finally did, it turned out to be the richest box-office smash of all-time, generating a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys, which still stands at number one, and more than $400 million in revenue. Those figures blew out the previous best by nearly double for PPV buys and for highest PPV revenue. It was a global event along the lines of Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier I. As for the fight itself, the world watched another Mayweather virtuoso performance. By achieving the legacy victory, it stamped Mayweather as the best fighter of the decade and crowned him the best of his era. Mayweather and Pacquiao had beaten five common Hall of Fame opponents: Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley. Beating Pacquiao placed Mayweather in that rarified all-time great realm. 

They say numbers don’t lie. Get a whiff of these figures: Mayweather landed 34 percent of his punches to Pacquiao’s 19 percent; Pacquiao landed just 81 punches; Mayweather landed 81 power punches alone. Pacquiao landed in double figures in only three rounds, while Mayweather pounded Pacquiao at least 10 times in nine rounds. “He's a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. “Now I see why he's one of the guys at the pinnacle.”

Yet Mayweather stands alone. 

Fight Night: Sat, Jul 30, 2022 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Gary Antuanne Russell retains his perfect record and 100% knockout ratio with a controversial sixth-round technical knockout win over Rances Barthelemy in their 10-round super lightweight bout.
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Unbeaten rising star Gary Antuanne Russell (16-0, 16 KOs) delivered a sixth-round TKO over former two-division Rances Barthelemy (29-2-1, 15 KOs) in their super lightweight clash to keep his perfect knockout streak intact.

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Russell landed a clean leaping right hook that dropped Barthelemy early in the round, and while Barthelemy was able to get to his feet, referee Shada Murdaugh waived off the action, drawing boisterous complaints from Barthelemy, his corner and the crowd in attendance.

“I know Rances is a high-grade, class athlete and he wanted to continue,” said Russell, who revealed post fight that he hurt his left hand in the fifth round. “Emotions were high. Whether we are bruised or beaten, as a warrior, you always want to continue but the referee was doing his job and if he was allowed to continue it would have been the same outcome.  I would have gotten him.

“In the sixth round I had him backing up. I knew he was looking for his right cross and I caught him backing up and I shot my hook and put him down, he was buzzed but he wanted to keep going. He’s a warrior.”

“This is the most bitter loss of my career,” said Barthelemy. “I’m destroyed. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t Russell’s fault at all. I’m a veteran, and I had been through something like that plenty of times in my career. The referee treated me like a rookie instead of the two-time world champion I am.”

The bout featured intriguing action from two skilled southpaws, as Russell and Barthelemy went toe-to-toe in a compelling round one that saw both men throw over 60 punches and each eat big shots. As the action progressed, Barthelemy was able to find success countering the hard-charging Russell, who dictated much of the fight’s pace.

The fighters threw within five total punches of each other per round across the bout, including combining to throw 361 power punches out of 515 total thrown. Barthelemy expressed his displeasure with the referee’s decision post-fight and staked his claim to a rematch against Russell. At the time of the stoppage, the score totals were 49-46 twice and 48-47 in favor of Russell.

“No, they shouldn’t have stopped it,” said Barthelemy. “I felt good. It was a good shot, I’m not denying that, but they shouldn’t have stopped it. I got up and told him I was fine and good to go. Of course I want the rematch with a different referee.”

Fighting for the first time since the passing of his father and lifelong trainer Gary Sr., Russell was led in his corner by his brother and former WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr., as he looks to continue his ascent in the 140-pound division.

“I want to tell my father up above I did it for him, we’re going to keep it going for pops,” said Russell. “This is something my dad instilled in us, no matter what you go through in life and death, two things are inevitable, he raised us to be men and well-rounded men. Being thorough means to be prepared, and he prepared us for boxing and for life outside of boxing. I thank my father and I did what I had to do.”

Fight Night: Sat, Jul 30, 2022 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Kownacki vs Demirezen

Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen (17-1, 12 KOs) scored a career-best victory via a unanimous decision over Polish star and Brooklyn fan-favorite Adam Kownacki after 10 rounds of heavyweight action.
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Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen (17-1, 12 KOs) scored a career-best victory via a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 96-94) over Polish star and Brooklyn fan-favorite Adam Kownacki (20-3, 15 KOs) after 10 rounds of heavyweight action.

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“I truly love fighting in the U.S. and I love New York so I said before you will see me more,” said Demirezen. “I was nervous because he’s a strong fighter and I could have been much better, but it’s my first time here and he’d fought here before.”

In his 11th fight at Barclays Center, Kownacki rode the urging of his hometown fans to a fast start as he targeted Demirezen’s body frequently in round one. As the bout progressed, Demirezen flipped the script and ended up being the more aggressive fighter, throwing 915 punches to Kownacki’s 851, while landing 239 power punches compared to Kownacki’s 186.  

After back-to-back losses to Robert Helenius, Kownacki had hoped to return to the win column and back to his standing amongst the heavyweight contenders, but was turned back by the determined Demirezen, who stopped Gerald Washington in January.

“I’m a bit rusty, I think he was getting off first in the exchanges, I didn’t’ sit down as much, I think the rust played a part, being out so long,” said Kownacki. “I was out of the ring since last October, camp was good but I don’t know, I was letting him get off first, I wasn’t moving my feet. I went back to the old me instead of the first few rounds when I was doing good.

“I have two kids, I’ll have a long talk with my wife to see what I want to do. I’ve had so many fights here, so many great memories, I don’t want to go out like a loser. I would like another fight to leave my fans with a win.”

In round 10, Kownacki, with blood dripping from his left eye, again was able to bring his legion of fans to their feet as he put together a courageous effort in rocking Demirezen with a right hand, forcing Demirezen to temporarily fight on his back foot. However Demirezen recovered to win the round, and sweep the last two rounds on all three cards to clinch the victory.

“I promised everyone a war, and that’s what the people got,” said Demirezen. “I beat him in his hometown. I want to be an inspiration and a role model for Turkish youngsters that were watching this fight. I hope I made them proud.”

Fight Night: Sat, Jul 30, 2022 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Two-division world champion Danny “Swift Garcia dominated in his super welterweight debut Saturday night, cruising to a majority decision victory over exciting contender Jose Benavidez Jr.
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Two-division world champion Danny “Swift Garcia dominated in his super welterweight debut Saturday night, cruising to a majority decision victory over exciting contender Jose Benavidez Jr. in the SHOWTIME main event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Philadelphia’s Garcia (37-3, 21 KOs) has become a staple at Barclays Center ever since headlining the arena’s first boxing event in 2012, and his return on Saturday night against Benavidez (27-2-1, 18 KOs) saw him pick up his seventh victory in Brooklyn.

After runs as a world champion at 147 and 140 pounds, Garcia debuted at 154 pounds after a layoff that dates back to December 2020.

“I did take a break going through mental things, things went dark, I went through anxiety, deep depression, just trying to be strong,” said a visibly emotional Garcia. “It was the pressure of life, being a good dad, just letting it out right now, because it was stuck inside. It rained on me for a year and a half and the only way to do better is to fight and I’m a fighter. If you battle anxiety and depression you can get out of it, that’s what I did today. I fought.”

Known as a counterpunching expert, Garcia went on the attack early and often, targeting Benavidez’s body on his way to landing a career-high 153 body shots according to CompuBox. Garcia’s superior hand and foot speed left Benavidez trailing his opponent much of the night, looking to land right hands over Garcia’s vaunted left hook. His best moment came in round nine when he connected on one of those right hands and popped Garcia’s head back, but he was unable to capitalize on the attack enough to change the trajectory of the fight.

“I’m happy with my performance,” said Benavidez. “I feel like I did good. I’m fighting in his backyard, one of the best, I took his punches like they were nothing. I thought I won the fight. But it is what it is, a loss makes you stronger.

“It’s tough, things don’t always go your way, there are ups and downs. I try to be positive, like when the doctor said I would never walk again. I didn’t let that get to me. The only one that can stop me is me.”

Overall Garcia ran up a 233 to 117 edge in punches landed and owned a 31% connect rate compared to Benavidez’s 20%. After 12 rounds, Garcia had done enough to earn the decision by scores of 117-11, 116-112 and a surprising 114-114. After the fight, Garcia credited his father and trainer Angel Garcia with staying by his side throughout his layoff.

“Angel was there with me the whole way,” said Garcia. “I’m nothing without this man. I thank him every day. People ask me all the time, why do I fight? I make a lot of money. Why does Warren Buffett still make money? I’m a fighter. This is what I do, what I love to do. Hopefully I don’t become a meme with the crying face.”

Garcia also added two intriguing potential future opponents he would like to face.

“I’d like the rematch with Keith Thurman, he took my ‘0,’” said Garcia. “I’ll also take (WBA Middleweight Champion) Erislandy Lara for the middleweight title at 155 pounds.”

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Derrick James Looks Ahead

THU, JAN 01, 1970

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One of the game's finest trainers refuses to rest on his laurels as he looks to accomplish more for his elite group of boxers.

Derrick James isn't dwelling on his success as he explains to The PBC Podcast this week. The world class trainer, who is on track to nab another Trainer of the Year award, discusses what's next for his fighters -- Errol Spence Jr., Jermell Charlo and Frank Martin -- and reveals why they are so hard to beat.

Plus, hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal recap last Saturday's action, including Stephen Fulton's impressive win over Danny Roman and, in this week's Toe to Toe segment, unveil their top 10 pound-for pound lists. 

The PBC Podcast is a weekly boxing show featuring timely analysis and interviews with the sport’s biggest figures. The show is published every Wednesday on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spreaker and other outlets. Alternatively, listeners can find The PBC Podcast on the PBC website at www.premierboxingchampions.com/podcast

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The undefeated, unified 122-pound champion puts on a masterclass against a top-tier opponent, winning by unanimous decision Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.

Stephen Fulton Jr. wanted to prove a point on Saturday night.

Fulton, the undefeated WBC/WBO Unified World Super Bantamweight Champion, was facing former unified super bantamweight titlist Daniel Roman in front of a capacity crowd at The Armory, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a Premier Boxing Champions event on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.

Many expected Roman to be the most difficult opponent of Fulton’s career. This was the perfect opportunity for Fulton to show that he was not only the best 122-pounder in the world, but among the very best, pound for pound today—and he did with a splendid, virtuoso performance by besting Roman in a dominant unanimous decision victory.

Straight rights, power jabs, combinations, left hooks, working angles and distance, fighting southpaw and orthodox, Fulton (21-0, 8 KOs) did it all, translating into shutout scores of 120-108 from judges Mike Fitzgerald and Patrick Morley and 119-109 from judge Nathan Palmer.

“I made a hell of a statement tonight,” said Fulton. “I prepared for this and I told y’all I was going to make it easy and fight depending on how I wake up, and I woke up feeling good.

“It was very important to control the distance tonight. Like I said before in the last outing with Brandon Figueroa, I didn’t have the energy because I didn’t make the weight the right way. So, shout out to my dietician.”

Fulton dominated Roman like no one previously had.

“I’ve been in the top-10 pound-for-pound,” Fulton said. “I don’t care what their list says. I’ve been top 10. I’m the only fighter that became world champion in 2021 and then unified at the end of the year. I fought four undefeated fighters back-to-back-to-back. Two of them were world champions. Nobody did that. Nobody. And I was in the fighter of the year contest along with Canelo (Alvarez), and I’m at the smaller weight class.”

Fulton even received a resounding endorsement afterward from Roman (29-4-1, 10 KOs).

“There’s no excuse. I think this fight proves who the best 122-pound fighter in the division is,” Roman said in a classy statement. “Fulton did that tonight. He proved it. I wish him the best and I hope he goes and achieves what I couldn’t achieve. Go become undisputed. Like I said, this fight proved who is the best in the division. Fulton was the better man tonight.

“Fulton knew how to use his distance. It was hard for me to adjust to his distance because he was boxing. He came in and came out. He changed his style so it was hard for me to adjust.”

In the first, Fulton used an effective jab, while Roman tried to cut off the ring and fire body shots to slow down the faster Fulton. Roman enjoyed a better second although Fulton’s footwork allowed him to avoid most of the attacks. 

Roman usually throws an average of 70 punches a round. He was down to 45 punches over the first two, because he could not catch Fulton.

Fulton used good distance, boxing mainly in the center of the ring in the third and fourth rounds behind a versatile jab. 

Fulton came out more aggressive in the fifth. He mixed his steady jab with a left hook. The rare times they fought in the pocket, it was Fulton’s speed that got him the better of the exchanges.

Through five, Fulton’s superior boxing skills seemed in command. Roman, possibly sensing he was behind, pressed Fulton more in the sixth. Even then, he enjoyed little success. With 1:13 left in the sixth, his left uppercut and right hand swatted nothing but air. A Fulton counter right completely turned Roman around.

Prior to the start of the eighth rounds, Roman’s trainer, Eddie Gonzalez, told him was down on the cards. Roman responded with one of his better rounds, going to the body in an attempt to slow Fulton down. 

In the ninth, Fulton returned to dominating pounding lead rights flush off Roman’s face and catching him coming forward with jabs. “Cool Boy Steph” began sitting on his punches in the tenth, backing Roman up with hard shots to the head and body.

The eleventh featured more of the same as he stood his ground. Fulton plowed Roman with left hooks, left uppercuts to the body and straight rights in the pocket.

“Any moment he had, I took it right away from him,” Fulton said. “I neutralized the threat. I started walking him down because I saw that he had been slowing down. I feel like the more I kept boxing, the more I just got a little tired of boxing. Me trying to walk forward to him wasn’t going to happen all the time, but I definitely saw him slowing down. I wanted to stop him but I didn’t get that.”

Afterward, Fulton called for an undisputed match next.

“You already know what’s next,” Fulton exclaimed. “I want [WBA/IBF titlist Murodjon Akhmadaliev]. I got to finish this up. But much respect for Danny Roman. Much respect.”

David Morrell keeps rolling, stops Kalvin Henderson in four

David Morrell Jr. may only have seven pro fights, but it’s clear he’s ready for the big names in the super middleweight division.

In the co-feature, the 24-year-old Morrell steamrolled gutsy challenger Kalvin Henderson, stopping him at 2:35 of the fourth round. 

“I want to thank my trainer Ronnie Shields who did an excellent job today,” Morrell said. “That’s what our game plan was, to be concentrated and if I didn’t get him by the end of the first round, I was looking to get him in the later rounds.

“I’m excited. Thank you everyone for coming out to The Armory. I’m just happy, man. I’m happy. I’m so excited every time I fight in my new home in Minnesota. I made this place my home. I was 150% ready for the fight. I had that extra edge of 50%, so I’m 150% every time I fight.”

It didn’t take Morrell long. Probably about 17 seconds, before the WBA super middleweight world champion began turning the heat on Henderson.

The Cuban southpaw had Henderson (15-2-1, 11 KOs) pinned up against the ropes, using long jabs, strafing straight lefts to the body, left uppercuts, and right hooks around Henderson’s high guard.

In the closing seconds of the first round, Morrell had opened a cut on Henderson’s left eye.

Morrell (7-0, 7 KOs) was relentless, beginning the second on the same torrid pace that he fought with in the first. Primarily using the left uppercut, Morrell backed up Henderson in a corner and unloaded. Henderson tried using a counter left hook to keep Morrell off of him. It didn’t work.

Morrell continued to land punch after punch in the third. This time, it was a vicious right hook doing the damage. A barrage of punches in the final :15 of the round caused referee Luis Pabon to take a close look at Henderson and consider stopping the fight.

Pabon walked Henderson back to his corner after the third. He also told Henderson and his corner to show him something in the fourth.

It was Morrell that was showing he could stay with any elite 168-pounder. A right hook with :54 left in the fourth signaled the beginning of the end for Henderson. Another right hook, followed by a straight left, and another right hook caused Pabon to step in and wave it off. 

“Ronnie Shields explained to me in the corner that (the right hook) was open,” Morrell said. “He told me to wait until I see that one punch that is going to hurt him. And that’s what I did and I executed correctly. I’m ready for everyone at 168. I’m open for everything. Call me! Call my team. I’m ready for everyone at 168 pounds.

“I promised my brother a stoppage in rounds one through five. Promise fulfilled! And with a round to spare in the fourth. I’m looking at my phone now and I’m seeing all the messages from my family. That’s what this is all about for me.

“It’s David Benavidez, it’s Caleb Plant, it’s Anthony Dirrell. It’s whoever wants to get in the ring with me. I’m ready for any of them.”  

For a closer look at Fulton vs Roman, check out our fight night page. 

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Two of the game's most skillful warriors will square off when undefeated, unified 122-pound world champion Stephen Fulton and former unified champ Danny Roman battle Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.

This Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME, in a Premier Boxing Champions event from The Armory in Minneapolis, unified WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Fulton Jr. (20-0, 8 KOs) takes on former unified champion Danny Roman (29-3-1, 10 KOs) in a high-stakes, guaranteed high-octane battle of wills and skills.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will feature WBA super middleweight champion and adopted Minneapolis hometown favorite, Cuba’s David Morrell Jr. against Kalvin Henderson in the co-main event.

The Story

Fulton, born and raised in West Philadelphia, Pa., has been turning heads for the last several years with his unique blend of high-end skill and ring toughness. With nine of his last fourteen opponents sporting undefeated records, “Cool Boy Steph” has shown himself more than eager to take hard roads en route to boxing success.

After capturing the WBO super bantamweight title from Angelo Leo in January 2021, he would add the WBC title by beating defending champ Brandon Figueroa in a close, spirited Fight of the Year-caliber battle in November. 

Now set to face another high-end, all-action battler in Danny Roman, Fulton is focused on building his ring legacy and, eventually, unifying all four 122-pound titles. 

Roman has been considered an elite-level super bantamweight since capturing his first world title in 2017, when he traveled to Japan and stopped defending WBA super bantamweight champ Shun Kubo in nine rounds. Two years later, he decisioned TJ Doheny to add the IBF title to his WBA strap.

In January 2020, the Los Angeles native would lose his two belts to Murodjon Akhmadaliev via split decision. Unable to secure a rematch, he moved on with unanimous decision victories over former world champ Juan Carlos Payano in September of 2020 and Ricardo Espinoza Franco in May of 2021. 

With this upcoming fight, Roman is looking to regain unified champ status by taking Fulton’s two belts. 

The Stakes

At stake are Fulton’s WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles. The winner of this contest will also be one win away from full four-belt unified champ status. 

The Matchup

Fulton is a versatile, well-schooled fighter who can fight on the inside as well as the outside. He has the skills and natural talent to fight effectively from a distance, using his superb jab and slick boxing ability to counter-punch his way to a stylish victory. However, he’s just as comfortable banging away up close, digging heavy body shots and ripping uppercuts to chop opposition down. 

His best offensive weapon, aside from the jab and his punishing body work, is a strong right hand, thrown as a looping shot or straight up the middle. 

On defense, the 27-year-old Fulton is quick and intuitive with a high ring IQ. He can be hit, though, and can be touched when opening up to press an attack.

I can do what I want in that ring at any time. Undefeated, Unified WBC/WBO World Super Bantamweight Champion - Stephen Fulton Jr.

Roman is every bit the Mexican-style battler. Game and fearless, the former unified super bantamweight champ is a volume puncher at heart, but tempers his aggression with solid boxing skills. 

The 32-year-old has a wide array of weaponry in his arsenal. He works the body well, has a good jab, utilizes a strong straight right hand, and can rip ferocious uppercuts. His tenacious character, however, may be his best offensive asset.

Defensively, Roman is somewhere between passable and solid, but he definitely ascribes to the old “the best defense is a good offense” philosophy of prizefighting. 

The Words

Stephen Fulton Jr

“I guarantee a victory. I showed against Brandon Figueroa that I can do whatever it takes to get the job done. I boxed early in my career and I’ve fought toe-to-toe in recent bouts. I know what I’m capable of and I’m going to show you. I can do what I want in that ring at any time. Whenever I want to.”

Danny Roman

“Fans should expect a great fight and even a Fight of the Year. I’m one step away from becoming a unified champion again. This is for everything. I’m more than excited and I feel more than ready. I hope Fulton feels the same way. Let’s give the people what they want to see. They want to see a great fight, so let’s give it to them.”

The Breakdown

Fulton could probably make this fight much easier for himself if he boxed and moved, but it’s simply not in his DNA to safely peck his way to victory. The Philly fighter likes to let his hands go and does so more often than other fighters with high-end skill sets and boxing ability. His battles with Brandon Figueroa and Angelo Leo serve as a testament to his warrior spirit. Against Roman, expect a boxing match to quickly become a full-on fight.

Fulton has shown himself adept at fighting inside, but Roman’s uppercut could prove to be a major factor in a phone booth battle. The defending champ’s best bet would be to mix up his attack, fighting at a distance where he can take advantage of his edge in speed and overall boxing ability before diving in for a few quick exchanges up close. Then again, Roman is no slouch in the area of skillful boxing and his jab could cancel out a lot of Fulton’s outside game. 

Neither fighter is especially heavy-handed, but both are tenacious and aggression-minded. So, expect a long, grueling battle with the winner ultimately being determined by their will and minor, on-the-fly strategic adjustments. 

Fulton’s edge in speed and versatility could be the deciding factor in Saturday’s title bout, but don’t discount for a second Roman’s own skills or his will to win what could be the biggest fight of his career. 

For a closer look at Fulton vs Roman, check out our fight night page. 

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