Angelo Leo ready to bring his A-game against Cool Boy Steph
Ahead of his marquee title fight on SHOWTIME boxing this August 1, undefeated super bantamweight fighter Angelo “El Chinito” Leo (19-0, 9 KO’s) is calm, resolved and very ready for the high stakes challenge. In the main event, Leo will compete with Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton (18-0, 8 KO’s) for the vacant WBO world super bantamweight title recently vacated by Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (31-1, 27 KO’s).
El Chinito is coming into this fight following a fairly busy four-fight year in 2019. Originally born and reared in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Leo now lives in Las Vegas and trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club. With the tools that he has added to his arsenal there, El Chinito is fully convinced that he is ready now more than ever to fight for a title as he told Fight Hype.
On paper, this bout is about as close to a Mortal Kombat mirror match as you’re going to get. Both Fulton and Leo are 26 years old, same reach, one inch difference in height and virtually identical professional ledgers. Each are competent scrapping on the inside and out, and each are rather easy-going mellow individuals.
“It’s a good match-up definitely. On paper it’s a 50-50 match-up, but I see some flaws in him and I feel I can exploit that in the fight.”
One notable difference on their resumes is the number of undefeated fighters that they’ve faced. Anyone familiar with Cool Boy Steph knows that he is very fond of mentioning how many unblemished records that he was the first to mar. El Chinito has heard him say that he will steal his 0 as well. However, he is not worried about Fulton’s bravado.
“That’s just what he does. You can say one thing outside the ring but doing it inside the ring is a whole different story. So you can talk all you want but once you get in there it’s just me and him with the gloves on. So it doesn’t really matter to me.”
Ultimately, this heavy-pressure moment is the type of opportunity that Leo feels brings the best out of himself anyway. Yet, only time will tell if he has the right stuff to walk away undefeated and WBO champion.
“I’m one of the fighters that I rise to the occasion, you know? When I have a big fight coming up like that I’m 100% focused and I put my 100% into it and those are the results that happen: TKO’s, knockouts, all that good stuff.”
By: Bakari Simpson