Prospect Watch: Hard-Hitting Super Middleweight Darius Fulghum

Darius Fulghum Committed to Gaining a World Ranking

Super middleweight prospect Darius Fulghum
Super middleweight prospect Darius Fulghum seeking a world ranking (credit: Golden Boy, IG: @dariusfulghum)

Super Middleweight Prospect Darius Fulghum is Rising Quickly


When it’s clear that a fighter has an abundance of physical gifts, they garner an extra amount of attention. That seems to be the reality for rising super middleweight prospect Darius “DFG” Fulghum (11-0, 10 KOs).

Growing up in Killeen, Texas, Fulghum was a kid without a sense of direction and purpose. But at age 19, he found boxing, which he now views as his calling. Fulghum developed quickly in the amateur ranks, winning the 2018 National Golden Gloves and the 2020 Olympic trials. But this is where DFG became a casualty of the American amateur points system.

The 2020 Tournament of Americas qualifying tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A points system was created to determine who would fight for the United States Olympic Team. Unfortunately, Fulghum was left off the team and did not compete in the 2020 Olympic games.

He turned his attention to the pros. With that came a physical transformation as he dropped a significant amount of weight. He’s reaping the benefits of his renewed commitment to his conditioning.

WHAT STANDS OUT

In the ring, the athleticism jumps off the screen. His technical skills have grown through sparring with fighters such as heavyweight contender Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson, former light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and reigning WBA Regular 168-pound champion David Morrell.

Activity has also been a key to his progression. The Texan fought six times in 2023. His talent caught the attention of Golden Boy Promotions, who inked a multi-year deal with the Texan in October of 2023.

A critical win for Fulghum occurred in January 2024 when he scored a majority decision victory over Alantez Fox. It was the first time that Fulghum went ten rounds. Though it was not the most aesthetically pleasing fight, DFG showed patience, fortitude, and the will to win. The most recent outing for Fulghum was a fourth-round stoppage over Cristian Olivas on the undercard of Ryan Garcia’s surprising victory over Devin Haney on April 20.

With his career now under the guidance of Golden Boy, look for him to stay active. At age 27, he is not looking to waste time. Fulghum wants to be in a position to earn a world ranking in the next 12-18 months.

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