Fulton: “I Was Eager To Fight Inoue Because Fans Said I Was Ducking”

Stephen Fulton Full of Confidence Heading into Naoya Inoue Fight

Stephen Fulton eager to face Naoya Inoue
Stephen Fulton (L, credit: Alejandro Alvarez), Naoya Inoue

Stephen Fulton Cites Fans’ Claims of Ducking for Pursuing Naoya Inoue Fight

Unified super bantamweight champion Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton (21-0, 8KO) expressed being eager to step in the ring with former undisputed bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (24-0, 21KO), following ducking claims from the fans.

Social media is buzzing as the official announcement dropped of Fulton and Inoue’s mega-fight in Japan on May 7. From the moment Inoue announced a move into the super bantamweight division, the boxing community was instantly excited about a possible showdown with the unified champion.

Fulton was heading toward a rematch at featherweight against former champion Brandon Figueroa, to the disapproval of the boxing community. Moreover, he encountered heavy criticism from the boxing community as fans accused the Philadelphian of ducking Monster.


The unified champion swiftly reshuffled the deck and looked to make the mega-fight with Inoue a reality. During the press conference in Japan, Fulton spoke via satellite about the reason behind wanting to fight.

“I was eager because I heard a lot of fans saying I was ducking . . . things like that. And besides, I like to challenge myself. I like the excitement, so why not take that type of opponent and that fight with a top pound-for-pound person of himself and myself? So, why not do that? That’s a great fight.”

Fulton gave Inoue credit for being a great fighter by naming all his accolades. However, he is confident in being victorious with his style of fighting and ability to adjust.

The boxing world has marked its calendar for this mega-showdown which will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."