Fulton ready unify against Figueroa

Undefeated WBO 122-pound world champion Stephen Fulton Jr. previewed his unification clash against WBC champion Brandon Figueroa this Saturday from Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas. “When I fought out in Nevada during the amateurs, I knew I would be back here fighting in Las Vegas one day as a pro. This has a totally different feel to it but I’m just focused on getting the job done and winning<" said Fulton. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing right now. I’m here for a reason. I’m not going to let the bright lights get to me. I was made for this and I take that mindset into the ring.

“Once I turned pro, I was on the path to becoming world champion. I’ve won a world title in the division I turned pro in, and now I’m unifying in my first fight as champion. I want to keep pushing forward and become undisputed at this weight class.

“My ability to adjust and outthink Figueroa is going to be the difference. That’s not to mention my speed and underrated power. I know Figueroa is going to throw a lot of punches, but I’m going to make him miss and capitalize on his mistakes.

“Everyone has a different path and for me that’s been taking dangerous fights against undefeated opponents. That’s made me a better fighter. Maybe I shouldn’t have taken some of those fights, but now I’ve got this resume that can stack up against anybody.”

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  • I need to think on this more.

    The safe bet is to pick Figueroa because of his chin, grit and punching volume. However, Fulton, Jr. may provide enough defense, smart movements and grand, inside counterpunching opportunities to shock Figueroa.

    Glad I have more time to think about it. As for now, I am leaning slightly towards Figueroa’s ability to limit Fulton, Jr.’s punch output for a “hustle victory.”

  • I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Fulton won this fight, but I’m taking Figueroa. I thought Nery would walk right over him, but he made a believer out of me, so I have Figueroa by a clear decision.

      • 4-1 is definitely too much. I know they’re thinking Figueroa is just going to walk forward, throwing and Fulton is going to chew him up with counters, but Figueroa deserves more respect than that.

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