Stephen Fulton Looking for a Statement Win Against Brandon Figueroa
Super bantamweight is a division on the rise. A key fighter at the center of the division’s ascension is the current WBO world champion, Stephen Fulton Jr (19-0, 8 KOs). The 26-year-old from Philadelphia won the WBO 122-pound strap with a surprisingly easy win over Angelo Leo. Now, the fighter nicknamed “Cool Boy Steph” moves on to a September 11 unification bout against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs).
Fulton Jr and Figueroa are arguably the number one and number two fighters at 122 pounds. During an interview on the Last Stand Podcast With Brian Custer, the ebullient fighter from Philly talked about his upcoming fight with Figueroa. Fulton sees the fight not being not as difficult as most expect.
“I do think the fight will be easier for me, honestly. It will be easier because of the styles. It’s the truth in my eyes. With my abilities, I believe the fight will be easier than everyone expects it to be.”
Figueroa is the taller fighter. However, Fulton told Custer that the WBC champion does not use that height and reach effectively. He believes Figueroa is a one-trick pony and looks only to brawl. Furthermore, the brash Fulton predicts he will win by KO.
Ultimately, the man nicknamed “Cool Boy Steph” views this fight as the step towards the next plateau in his career. He feels a win over Figueroa elevates him to elite status.
“When I become victorious over Brandon Figueroa, I’ll be considered pound for pound. Not only that, I could become the Fighter Of The Year.
I lost everything in 2020, then came back and became a world champion in 2021. Then I would unify in 2021. I should be the Fighter Of The Year.”
All of that is dependent on the outcome of his showdown against Figueroa. It is a highly anticipated unification fight among the lower-weight divisions.
Can Fulton deliver on his pre-fight boasts? We will see when he embarks on what is the biggest fight of his career.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.