- Stephen Fulton retained his two world super-bantamweight boxing titles.
- Fulton stated that he desired to challenge Akhmadaliev for the uncontested crown.
- Roman says Fulton was a better man.
Stephen Fulton retained his two world super-bantamweight boxing titles with a unanimous decision win over fellow American Daniel Roman on Saturday.
Fulton won the 12-round bout at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with scores of 119-109, 120-108, and 120-108.
“I made a hell of a statement tonight,” Fulton said. “I told you I would make an easy fight depending on how I felt, and I woke up feeling good.”
Fulton, undefeated at 21-0 with eight knockouts, retained the World Boxing Council championship he won by majority decision over fellow countryman Brandon Figueroa in November 2018 and the World Boxing Organization championship he won by unanimous decision over fellow countryman Angelo Leo in January 2021.
Roman, with a record of 29-4 with one tie, was the 122-pound (55.3 kg) champion of the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation until 2020, when he lost both titles to the unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
Fulton stated that he desired to challenge Akhmadaliev for the uncontested crown.
“I’ve got to,” he said. “We’ve got to finish this up.”
Roman, who was coming off a career-long 13-month layoff, said Fulton’s victory showed he was the best in the division.
“This fight proved who was the best fighter in the division,” Roman said. “Fulton was the better man. I wish him the best. Let him go and achieve what I couldn’t achieve, the undisputed.”
Fulton, 27, dominated early rounds with superior jabs and counterpunches as well as superior footwork. In the seventh round, Roman, 32, increased his offensive pressure but was unable to overcome Fulton’s dominant plays.
“Any moment he had, I took it right away from him,” Fulton said. “I neutralized the threat.”