Stephen Fulton retains Super Bantamweight title over Daniel Roman

Stephen Fulton

WBO Champion Stephen Fulton Jr. poses with his teammates after defeating WBC Champion Brandon Figueroa in a fight for a Super Bantamweight title at the Dolby Live at the MGM Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 27, 2021. Steve Marcus / Getty Images / AFP

Unbeaten Stephen Fulton retained his two World Super Bantamweight boxing titles on Saturday with a unanimous victory over fellow American Daniel Roman.

Judges awarded Fulton a 12-round victory, scoring 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 at Armory in Minnesota Minneapolis.

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

Fulton, 21-0 with eight knockouts, holds the crown of the World Boxing Council. He won last November by a majority decision over compatriot Brandon Figueroa and won the World Boxing Organization title in January 2021 by a unanimous decision against compatriot Angelo Leo.

Roman was the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion in the 122-pound (55.3kg) division until a draw 29-4, losing both belts to the undefeated Uzbek Murodjan Akhmadalev in 2020.

Fulton said he wanted to face Akhmadalev for the undisputed crown.

“I have,” he said. “We have to finish it.”

Roman, who is coming off a long 13-month layoff, says Fulton’s win shows he was the best in the division.

“This fight has proven to be the best fighter in the division,” Roman said. “Fulton was the best man. I wish him well. Let him go and achieve what I could not achieve, undisputed.”

Fulton, 27, used a higher jab and counterpunch and used quicker footwork to control the initial rounds. Roman, 32, began to push harder in the seventh round but could not overcome Fulton’s dominant moves.

“Every moment he had, I took it from him,” Fulton said. “I have neutralized the threat.”

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