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Angelo Leo to defend WBO title against Stephen Fulton Jr in Jan. 23 Showtime main event

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The WBO 122-pound title will be on the line in Showtime’s first “Championship Boxing” of 2021.

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During Showtime’s final event of 2020 on Saturday night, the first Showtime Championship Boxing attraction for 2021 was announced, with Angelo Leo set to defend his WBO 122-pound title against Stephen Fulton Jr in the main event.

The event, which features six fighters with a combined record of 97-1, will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., days after the previously announced ShoBox event on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Leo (20-0, 9 KO) captured the then-vacant WBO trinket in August when the two unbeaten 26-year-olds were originally set to meet, but Fulton was a COVID scratch. New Mexico’s Leo instead took on Tramaine Williams and won a clear decision over 12 rounds.

Fulton (18-0, 8 KO) was confident he was going to beat Leo in August, and now has the opportunity to claim the belt he wanted months ago.

The co-feature pits another pair of undefeated junior featherweights in Michigan’s Raeese Aleem (17-0, 11 KO) and California’s Vic Pasillas (16-0, 9 KO) in a scheduled 12-round fight, and the opener will feature rising lightweight prospect Rolando Romero (12-0, 10 KO), one of the better young trash talkers in the game, against Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7 KO) in another 12-round bout. Romero recently was looking to lure Devin Haney into a fight by going at him on social media, and scored a very controversial win in his last fight. Pauldo puts shots together well, and this one looks more than decent on paper.