Stephen Fulton makes a press release on who’s No. 1 at 122 towards Daniel Roman

He didn’t run round bare-assed bare as he promised, however Stephen “Scooter” Fulton emphatically outclassed Daniel Roman to solidify his declare as the highest of the 122-pound division on Saturday evening at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fulton-Roman as the primary occasion of a Premier Boxing Champions occasion televised stay on Showtime.

Fulton (21-0, 8 knockouts), The Ring’s No. 1-rated junior featherweight who retained his WBO/WBC titles, additionally made a case for pound-for-pound consideration after a dominant unanimous resolution over Roman.

Something Fulton wished to do, he did towards the formidable Roman (29-4-1, 10 KOs). It translated into shutout 120-108 scores from judges Mike Fitzgerald and Patrick Morley and 119-109 from choose Nathan Palmer.

Fulton set the stage for a showdown towards IBF/WBA junior featherweight titlist Murodjon Akhmadaliev (“MJ”), The Ring’s No. 2-rated 122 pounder, for the undisputed world championship.

“I made a hell of a press release tonight,” Fulton mentioned. “I ready for this and I instructed y’all I used to be going to make it straightforward and struggle relying on how I get up, and I wakened feeling good.

“It was crucial to manage the gap tonight. Like I mentioned earlier than within the final outing with Brandon Figueroa, I didn’t have the power as a result of I didn’t make the burden the fitting approach. So, shout out to my dietician.”

Stephen “Scooter” Fulton totally dominated Daniel Roman like no earlier opponent earlier than (Picture by Esther Lin/Showtime)

What Fulton additionally did was put himself on the map with regard to top-10 pound-for-pound consideration. He dominated Roman like nobody beforehand had.

“I’ve been within the top-10 pound-for-pound,” Fulton mentioned. “I don’t care what their record says. I’ve been prime 10. I’m the one fighter that grew to become world champion in 2021 after which unified on the finish of the yr. I fought 4 undefeated fighters back-to-back-to-back. Two of them had been world champion. No person did that. No person. And I used to be within the fighter of the yr contest together with Canelo (Alvarez), and I’m on the smaller weight class.

“You already know what’s subsequent. I would like [Murodjon Akhmadaliev]. I received to complete this up. However a lot respect for Danny Roman. A lot respect.”

Roman, The Ring’s No. 3 contender at 122 who misplaced the belts by split-decision to Akhmadaliev (“MJ”) in January 2020, conceded afterward who one of the best within the division is.

“There’s no excuse. I believe this struggle proves who one of the best 122-pound fighter within the division is,” Roman mentioned. “Fulton did that tonight. He proved it. I want him one of the best and I hope he goes and achieves what I couldn’t obtain. Go change into undisputed. Like I mentioned, this struggle proved who’s one of the best within the division. Fulton was the higher man tonight.

“Fulton knew how one can use his distance. It was laborious for me to regulate to his distance as a result of he was boxing. He got here in and got here out. He modified his model so it was laborious for me to regulate.”

Fulton fought within the middle of the ring, utilizing an efficient jab, whereas Roman tried to chop off the ring and use physique photographs to decelerate the sooner Philadelphia fighter.

Every time Roman neared, Fulton popped him with a left hook or a lead proper. Spherical-after-round, Roman tried slicing off the ring or cornering Fulton to no avail. Fulton used distance properly when he did field within the middle of the ring. Roman couldn’t do something with Fulton when the 2 had been within the middle of the ring. Between the seventh and eighth rounds, Roman’s coach, Eddie Gonzalez, instructed him he was down on the playing cards.

Within the latter portion of the struggle, Fulton stood flat-footed and exchanged with Roman.

“Any second he had, I took it immediately from him,” Fulton mentioned. “I neutralized the menace. I began strolling him down as a result of I noticed that he had been slowing down. I really feel just like the extra I saved boxing, the extra I simply received a little bit bored with boxing. Me making an attempt to stroll ahead to him wasn’t going to occur on a regular basis, however I positively noticed him slowing down. I wished to cease him however I didn’t get that.”

Within the co-feature, tremendous middleweight David Morrell (7-0, 6 KOs) stopped Kalvin Henderson (15-2-1, 11 KOs) at 2:35 of the fourth.

“I wish to thank my coach Ronnie Shields who did a superb job immediately,” Morrell mentioned. “That’s what our recreation plan was, to be concentrated and if I didn’t get him by the top of the primary spherical, I used to be seeking to get him within the later rounds.

“I’m excited. Thanks everybody for popping out to The Armory. I’m simply comfortable, man. I’m comfortable. I’m so excited each time I struggle in my new dwelling in Minnesota. I made this place my dwelling. I used to be 150% prepared for the struggle. I had that additional edge of fifty%, so I’m 150% each time I struggle.”

Morrell, the Cuban southpaw, had Henderson pinned up towards the ropes, utilizing lengthy jabs, strafing left uppercuts, and proper hooks round Henderson’s excessive guard, the entire 4 rounds.

David Morrell stopped Kalvin Henderson in 4 (Picture by Esther Lin/Showtime)

Henderson was so pounded within the third that referee Luis Pabon needed to escort him again to his nook.

“We’re good. It’s a part of the sport. I received minimize, however I really feel good in any other case,” Henderson mentioned. “We knew that he wished to return out robust like he did, however we wished to point out that his punches weren’t doing something. We had been selecting off most of these photographs. We had been making an attempt to put on him out, and the sport plan was working however he landed some photographs and the referee referred to as it.

“We knew he had excessive power, that coming from the amateurs he had a fast-paced model, however we tried to put on him out and end him within the later rounds. Sadly, I’ve been hit more durable. Regardless that his punches had been heavy, it wasn’t something that was actually that heavy. I simply received caught with some punches and the referee referred to as it.”

Morrell proved he’s an elite 168-pounder.

“Ronnie Shields defined to me within the nook that (the fitting hook) was open,” Morrell mentioned. “He instructed me to attend till I see that one punch that’s going to harm him. And that’s what I did and I executed accurately. I’m prepared for everybody at 168. I’m open for every little thing. Name me! Name my crew. I’m prepared for everybody at 168 kilos.

“I promised my brother a stoppage in rounds one by way of 5. Promise fulfilled! And with a spherical to spare within the fourth. I’m my telephone now and I’m seeing all of the messages from my household. That’s what that is all about for me.

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


Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/ since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He might be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.


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