In the first defense of his unified super bantamweight titles, Philly’s Stephen Fulton scored an impressive, easy 12 round decision over Danny Roman Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The fight was the main event for Showtime Boxing and Premier Boxing Champions, as Fulton retained his two belts by scores of 119-109 and the other two 120-108 (a shutout) for the win.
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Fulton, the WBO and WBC champion, used superior skill and hand speed to control the action from the beginning. He was most effective with distance with his lead left jab and putting combos together.
Unlike his wild brawl victory over Brandon Figueroa last November that was fought most of the time at close quarters and with Fulton on the ropes, this bout was more of a boxing clinic that showed Fulton’s versatility.
He dominated with the jab and effective scoring on Roman to the tune of a 106-45 advantage in that category. Fulton, now 21-0, 8 KOs, also had target practice with his power shots off the jab, landing 46% of them at 112 of 245.
Roman, now 29-3-1 and who previously held a super bantamweight title, couldn’t solve the tactics and speed of Fulton and was simply outclassed in front of over 5,000 fans at Minneapolis’ Armory.
“I made a hell of a statement tonight. 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,” Fulton told Showtime in the ring post fight.
“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.
“Any moment he had, I took it right away from him. I neutralized the threat.”
The 27 year old Fulton now has aspirations to potentially battle Murodjon Akhmadaliev, who has the other two 122 lb. belts from the WBA and the IBF.
“You already know what’s next. I want [Murodjon Akhmadaliev]. I got to finish this up. But must respect for Danny Roman. Much respect”
In the co-feature bout of the evening in Minnesota super middleweight David Morrell, a Cuban who now lives and trains in Minneapolis, demolished journeyman fighter Kalvin Henderson and retained his WBA secondary title in a 4th round TKO.
Morrell improved to 7-0 as a pro by overwhelming Henderson from the beginning by repeatedly trapping him along the ropes and scoring at will. Morrell repeatedly landed multi-punch combos that snapped Henderson’s head back and he offered little in return.
The fight was almost stopped late in the third round with Morrell scoring with big time punches, including a couple of big left hooks, but the bell saved Henderson.
It didn’t take long at the start of the fourth for Morrell to resume and his last barrage of lefts and rights went unanswered and veteran referee Luis Pabon ended things.