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Stephen Fulton News
The unbeaten super bantamweight world champion discusses the stacked 122-pound division and explains why he'll be the last man standing.
The unbeaten Philly native puts on an elite-level performance Saturday night on SHOWTIME, displaying both skill and will as he hands the game Leo his first loss and wrests away the 122-pound strap.
Stephen Fulton Fights
WIN vs Angelo Leo 20-1-0
Jan 23, 2021 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Angelo Leo LOSES to Stephen Fulton by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Angelo Leo 20-1-0
Aug 01, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Angelo Leo WINS against Stephen Fulton by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Arnold Khegai 16-0-1
Jan 25, 2020 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Arnold Khegai by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Isaac Avelar 16-0-0
Aug 24, 2019 • Bert Ogden Arena, Edinburg, Texas, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Isaac Avelar by KO in Round 6 of 10
WIN vs Paulus Ambunda 27-2-0
May 11, 2019 • EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Paulus Ambunda LOSES to Stephen Fulton by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Marlon Olea 14-4-0
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Stephen Fulton WINS against Marlon Olea by TKO in Round 5 of 8
WIN vs German Meraz 61-49-2
Sep 30, 2018 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
German Meraz LOSES to Stephen Fulton by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jesus Ahumada 14-1-0
Jun 16, 2018 • The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Jesus Ahumada by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Adam Lopez 15-2-0
Dec 08, 2017 • Hialeah Park, Miami, Florida
Stephen Fulton WINS against Adam Lopez by MD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Luis Rosario Villafane 8-0-1
Apr 04, 2017 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Luis Rosario Villafane by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Luis Rosario 8-0-1
Apr 04, 2017 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Luis Rosario by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Cristian Renteria 5-2-0
Jul 02, 2016 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Cristian Renteria by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Adalberto Zorrilla 6-0-0
Apr 19, 2016 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Adalberto Zorrilla by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Joshua Greer Jr 3-0-1
Dec 29, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Joshua Greer Jr by MD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Sam Rodriquez 3-0-0
Sep 15, 2015 • California University of PA, California, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Sam Rodriquez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Pablo Cupul 8-18-0
Jun 20, 2015 • Valley Forge Casino and Resort, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Pablo Cupul by RTD in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Jamal Parram 7-10-1
Apr 25, 2015 • Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Jamal Parram by KO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Eric Gotay 3-2-0
Jan 31, 2015 • 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Eric Gotay by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Benjamin Burgos 2-9-1
Dec 05, 2014 • Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Benjamin Burgos by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Damen Wood 0-0-0
Nov 20, 2014 • Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Damen Wood by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Issac Badger 0-2-0
Oct 04, 2014 • Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Stephen Fulton WINS against Issac Badger by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Stephen Fulton Bio
Undefeated Super Bantamweight contender Stephen Fulton Jr. is one of the game's best young fighters--and also one of its best pure boxers. "Cool Boy Steph" is the latest Philadelphia product to make waves in the sport as he continues his ascent toward a world title.
BORN PHILLY STRONG
Stephen Fulton Jr. was born in the Richard Allen projects of North Philly with an arrowhead-shaped birth defect/birthmark on the lower portion of his back. Not fully developed, the muscles on Fulton’s back left a cavernous wound that was never diagnosed but eventually healed.
Fulton has three sisters, with an elder sibling, Ilyana Moore, who dressed the wound along with changing his diapers when he was an infant. A self-conscious Fulton rarely removed his shirt until he began to box at the age of 12.
“When I was a kid, I used to be frustrated that I had the mark, but as I got older, I had fun with it,” said Fulton, whose mother, Commaleana, raised her children in a two-bedroom apartment.
“[His mother] is a strong woman to overcome what she did. I love Mom. She did her best to take care of us. She was a single mother raising four children by herself in North Philadelphia. She had a rough life coming up.”
While Stephen Sr. missed the first 10 years of his son’s life due to a jail sentence, Fulton Jr. endured crime and violence that cost many friends their lives. Stephen Sr. introduced Jr. to boxing, likely saving his life.
“Being at school where you have to walk through metal detectors, growing up with childhood friends getting killed and around people selling drugs...I chose a different route,” said Fulton, whose father named him, “Scooter.”
“My Dad, Stephen Fulton Sr., came home, got me into boxing and I began to focus all of my experiences growing up -- like losing friends to the streets -- into the anger, rage and hostility in the ring. That’s given me all that I need to be successful, and I’m truly grateful for my father, getting me into boxing.”
Trained by Hamza Muhammad out of the James Shuler Boxing Gym in West Philadelphia, Fulton earned amateur titles in the Silver and Golden Gloves, allowing him to form bonds with unbeaten former two-time 130-pound champion Gervonta Davis and 154-pound contender Erickson Lubin, both southpaws.
Being fatherless has helped Fulton to appreciate the time he spends with his 3-year-old son, Abdul Muqtadir, which means, “The Powerful One.”
“Every time [Muqtadir] sees me, he throws a punch,” said Fulton. “He has a variety of combinations, just like his Dad, throwing them at my legs, my arms and everywhere.”
Victories over southpaw Luis Rosario (8-0, 7 KOs) and Adam Lopez (9-0, 3 KOs) in April and December 2017 came against the fourth and fifth unbeaten fighters Fulton had faced, raising his mark to 12-0 (5 KOs).
That led to Fulton’s becoming the primary training partner at the VIP Boxing Gym in Manchester, England, for two-division champion Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland in March 2018, with whom he sparred 50 rounds in advance of Rigondeaux’s unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire for the WBO’s 126-pound interim crown in April 2018.
“The sparring with Stephen Fulton was very beneficial. I think he was very similar to Donaire, but fresher, younger and a little bit stronger than Donaire,” said Frampton.
“Stephen’s a fighter with enormous talent. The difference between Stephen and other sparring partners we’ve had over here is that he wanted to learn and improve. I’m very impressed with his potential to be a future champion.”
Fulton’s next fight after training with Frampton was in June 2018, when he improved to 13-0 with a ninth-round TKO of Jesus Ahumada, who was stopped for the first time and fell to 14-1 (9 KOs).
In consecutive bouts in September 2018 and January 2019, Fulton scored a final-round knockdown during a shutout eight-round unanimous decision over German Meraz followed by a fifth-round TKO of Marlon Olea.
“I learned a lot from Carl Frampton, but he learned from me as well. I’m still learning, but, make no mistake: The more that I’m learning, the more dangerous I’ll be,” said Fulton.
“I know I’m the best fighter in the division. If anyone doesn’t believe me, I’m here to prove everybody wrong.”
SHOW AND PROVE
On May 11, 2019, Stephen Fulton Jr. used his superior speed, height and a piston left jab to win every round (122-107 three times) and dethrone two-time title-winner Paulus Ambunda as IBO world super bantamweight champion by unanimous decision at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
Fulton scored an eighth-round knockdown and remained undefeated against a 38-year-old Namibian who slipped to 27-3 with 11 knockouts, doing so as the co-feature to an upset unanimous decision by fellow Philadelphian, Julian “J-Rock” Williams that dethroned previously unbeaten IBF/WBA 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd.
Perhaps even more impressive was “Scooter’s” next triumph on August 24, 2019 at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas, where his paralyzing left hook to the liver ended a competitive bout, leaving 21-year-old Mexican Isaac Avelar on all fours for a definitive sixth-round knockout.
“It was a great fight, but in the end, I demonstrated that I can win with boxing skills, power and pressure. [Avelar] thought he could beat me, but I proved him wrong,” said Fulton of Avelar, who was 16-1 (10 KOs) in defeat, representing the sixth unbeaten fighter “Coolboy Steph” has faced.
“You have [118-pound titleholders] Luis Nery and Naoya Inoue moving up, and I want both of them. You’ve got guys like [IBF/WBA counterpart] Daniel Roman and [WBC titlist] Rey Vargas, and you had [interim titlist] Brandon Figueroa calling me out earlier in my career. Those are great opportunities for me.”
A CUT ABOVE
On January 25, 2020, Fulton took another step up in class as he faced the undefeated Arnold Khegai at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Behind a consistent, steady jab, Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs) put on a great display of boxing, outclassing Khegai (16-1-1, 10 KOs) and winning by scores of 117-111 on the scorecards of judges Waleska Roldan and Frank Lombardi, and a 116-112 tally by John McKaie.
Khegai became the seventh undefeated fighter that Fulton was beaten.
“I felt great against a tough opponent,” Fulton said. “I stayed on my boxing, kept him off his game and pulled a victory out. I knew he was a rough and tumble customer, so I just had to keep my composure.
“It feels good to get this win. We've been through tough times and fought tough opponents. I'm proud of my team for staying together. We're Philly strong.”
An Epic Performance For the World Championship
On Januart 23, 2016, Fulton and WBO World 122-pound champion Angelo Leo met in a long-awaited battle between unbeaten junior featherweights.
It was everything all hoped it would be.
In the end, Fulton captured his first world title via unanimous decision over Leo in the main event of 2021’s inaugural SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast. Fulton turned in a masterful performance as he bested Albuquerque, New Mexico’s unbeaten world champion Leo to end Philadelphia’s world title drought.
With his win over Leo, the 26-year-old Fulton has now toppled eight undefeated fighters in his young professional career. The ringside judges scored the fight 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110.
An accidental clash of heads in the opening round opened a cut over the left eye of Leo but it ultimately did not play much of a role in the fight. The two fighters combined to throw 1,993 punches throughout the back-and-forth 12-round fight which was fought largely at close range in the middle of the ring. Fulton threw 913 power punches which ranks third all time in the junior featherweight division’s rich history.