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Stephen Fulton Jr. vs. Angelo Leo Preview

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Stephen Fulton Jr. fights Angelo Leo with the vacant WBO junior featherweight championship on the line. The event is on Saturday, August 1 as part of the SHOWTIME boxing schedule at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emanuel Navarrete vacated the WBO junior featherweight championship was in early July and now Fulton (ranked No. 1 by the WBO) takes on Leo, (ranked No. 2). This will be the first live boxing event on SHOWTIME since ShoBox: The New Generation on March 13.

Stephen Fulton Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) has victories over eight undefeated fighters. Angelo Leo is the third straight unbeaten fighter he will battle.

Fulton claimed the IBO junior featherweight title after a unanimous decision win against Paulus Ambunda on May 11, 2019 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. He then had majority decision wins over then-unbeatens Joshua Greer and Adam Lopez.

His last fight was against Arnold Khegai on January 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and he won via unanimous decision.

“Who would turn down an easy fight like that [against Leo]?” Fulton told BoxingScene.com. “I feel great. It’s well overdue. I’ve been deserving this chance after the road I took defeating all of the undefeated fighters that I have.

I don’t underestimate him, but he doesn’t have what it takes to beat a fighter like me — especially mentally. He will be world champion one day, but now is not the time for him.”

Angelo Leo (19-0, 9 KOs) is a talented, undefeated contender from Mayweather Promotions. Leo has appeared on SHOWTIME Boxing several times since 2017 and cemented his contender status with three knockdowns before stopping veteran Cesar Juarez in the 11th round in an IBF and WBO world title eliminator on December 28 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

“He can boast about his resume all he wants, but we’re both top five in the world, we’re both undefeated, so it doesn’t really matter when we get in there,” Leo said. “He has beaten undefeated fighters, but if you look between the lines, he’s been rocked, he’s been dropped in all of those fights. He’s not untouchable.”

These two boxers are talented, proven and with upside. It is difficult to choose a winner and there's a lot at stake here.

Boxing Pick By Payperhead247: Under 10.5 (+450)