Angelo Leo Outclassed In First Title Defense of WBO Junior Featherweight Title

Angelo Leo, the New Mexico star boxer, was defeated much to the dismay of his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The now former junior featherweight belt holder was beaten for 12 rounds by a very game Stephen Fulton. Fulton, a Philadelphia, PA, boxer was effective fighting both on the inside while retaining control of the distance with a superb jab.

Fulton managed to control the distance well as the fight proceeded.

Leo and Fulton were originally set to fight in the summer of 2020, but Covid-19 reared its head. First Fulton, then later with Leo fell ill to the virus. Neither appeared dampened in their work rate due to the prior illness.

While the Unanimous Decision was not entirely surprising, there was some aggravation at the repeated amount of grappling from Fulton:

And, from other viewers:

The illegal tactic working so well was definitely due to lateral movement from Leo, but the referee had a certain lack of attention that kept fans annoyed.

Leo Had Some Success

Leo shined at times with well placed body shots.

At times, Angelo Leo was able to land bodyshots, but the lack of consistency negated their effectiveness as the fight wore on. A cut early in the first round from an accidental clash of heads may have disheartened the now former champion. In the end, the UD was surprisingly wide: 118-110, 119-111, 119-111 for Fulton.


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