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Leo vs Fulton: Stephen Fulton Jr eager to win first world title against Angelo Leo

Fulton expects to prove all his believers right with a title win this weekend.

Stephen Fulton v Arnold Khegai Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Stephen Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs) may be coming in as the challenger this weekend when he faces Angelo Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) for the WBO super bantamweight title, but he’s as confident as a champion. So while Fulton enters this weekend’s fight as the betting favorite — something which Leo says he’s drawing motivation from — he’s looking forward to the opportunity to become another world champion out of Philadelphia, telling ESPN he’s ready to make a statement.

“This is what I’ve been working for my whole career. To my city, it would show people from my neighborhood that there’s a way out. But I don’t feel any pressure because of it. This sport teaches us the discipline to perform in moments like this. The pressure is just a part of my job.”

Fulton is obviously entering this fight feeling good about his chances due t of his obvious talent, and draws even further confidence because plenty others believe in his talent as well, saying that this is a chance to prove everybody right about him.

“I am that next wave and I’m just ready to stamp it by getting this belt. I’m going to solidify what everyone already knew about me. I have the superstar quality in me and I’ll show it in this fight.”

For his part, Leo claims that he’ll be the one doing the proving in this fight, saying he’ll show everyone he’s a world champion for a reason. Leo says that despite being the champion he still maintains the hunger of a challenger and expects to demonstrate that desire on fight night. Leo, 26, last took a unanimous decision against Tramaine Williams this past summer, while Fulton, also 26, comes into this fight after yearlong layoff, last taking a unanimous decision over Arnold Khegai.

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