Leo Looking To Quiet Doubters Saturday
Angelo Leo on Saturday night will be putting up his recently won WBO Bantamweight title as he takes on Stephen Fulton in the main event of Showtime’s first Championship Boxing event of 2021.
However, Leo (21-0, 9 KOs) comes into the contest as an underdog to Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs) and is embracing the opportunity to change that narrative.
“I’m not surprised at all that Vegas has Fulton as the slight favorite,” Leo said at the virtual press conference call last week. “I know that he has a lot of supporters. I’ve been an underdog before. I’ve been in these shoes before, so it’s no surprise to me. It just gives me more fuel for the fire. I’m not at all offended that he’s the favorite. This is boxing, and Fulton is a good fighter, but I’m looking to prove on January 23 that I’m where I belong and that I’m world champion for a reason.”
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Leo won the vacant belt last August against Tramaine Williams last August by unanimous decision. He did so by attacking Williams to the body, which showed the effects from Willaims as the fight went on. This gameplan is something that Leo wants to bring out against Fulton.
“I’m known for throwing a lot of body punches and for my pressure,” Leo mentioned. “That’s no secret. I feel like people haven’t seen all of me yet. I have a lot to prove. I still have a lot of looks to show, and come January 23. I think Stephen Fulton will bring that all out of me. I think it’s important, in every fight, to go to the body. Like they say, go to the body, and the head will fall, but if he wants to move around and put pressure, I have a remedy for all that.
The latest odds from the folks at My Bookie as of this writing have Leo a +130 underdog heading into “The Fightshpere” of Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Despite that, Leo is looking to silence all critics and retain this weekend.
“With this performance, I want to let everybody know that I’m here to stay. I think a lot of people are doubting me just because I fought Tramaine Williams, and they say he just had three days’ notice. But he was getting ready for a fight as well. I have a lot of doubters that I want to prove wrong, and in this fight, I think I’ll have the opportunity to,” Leo stated.