- Stephen Fulton Jr vs Angelo Leo goes Saturday, August 1st at 9:00 pm EST
- Which of these unbeaten boxers emerges with a world championship belt around their waist?
- Check out the odds for this fight, my sweet science analysis, and my prediction below
Stephen Fulton Jr and Angelo Leo will sling leather for the right to capture a vacant world championship. The WBO junior featherweight world title fight will broadcast on Showtime. These 122 pounders are both undefeated in their respective careers. Someone’s 0 has got to go when the two throw down at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The next few days will be stacked with top-notch boxing and Fulton Jr vs Leo represents one of the most intriguing, closely contested matchups in boxing, post-COVID 19 hiatus.
Fulton Jr vs Leo Odds
|Stephen Fulton Jr||-265|
Odds as of July 29
Stephen Fulton Jr’s Road to WBO Gold
Emanuel Navarrete vacated the WBO title belt so he could move up in weight to compete. Fulton is the number one ranked contender in his division by the WBO. So his involvement in this fight was academic. He has already captured the IBO junior featherweight world title. Fulton Jr captured that strap in May of last year when he bested Paulus Ambunda via unanimous decision.
Fulton Jr’s last outing saw him capture the WBO intercontinental junior featherweight title with a unanimous decision win over Arnold Khegai in January of this year. The next logical step up is to vie for the organization’s world championship.
Angelo Leo Path to August 1st
This fight is Leo’s first crack at a world championship and he is the number two ranked contender by the WBO. Having been a Floyd Mayweather Jr helmed prospective talent over the years, Leo has been primed for this moment for a while.
Angelo Leo has been getting groomed well by Mayweather Promotions since signing with them in 2017. He leveled up as a more serious pugilist in his last outing. Leo defeated Cesar Juarez in a bout that saw him score three knockdowns before the eventual eleventh round TKO victory. That prizefight was an IBF and WBO title eliminator which has lead Leo to this moment.
Slick and stylish Stephen Fulton Jr. faces boxer-puncher Angelo Leo in what could be anyone's fight this Saturday 9PM ET on Showtime.#SHOBoxingReturns #FultonLeo@coolboysteph pic.twitter.com/MSC2a5EmD6
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) July 28, 2020
Fulton Jr has a strong jab and good distance control that could allow him to dictate the pace of this bout. Leo has been avidly studying tape on his opponent though and has two backup gameplans in the event that his primary strategy does not pan out. In fact, during a media event, Leo was talking about how Fulton Jr was not infallible and has shown instances of having pronounced holes in his game. He did not deflect from those claims and has talked about getting rocked in the ring but using that for long term growth as a pugilist.
Fulton Jr vs Leo Tale of the Tape
|Arnold Khegai, Isaac Avelar, Paulus Ambunda||Significant Wins||Cesar Juarez, Neil John Tabanao, Glenn Porras|
This is a bigger step up in competition for Leo than for Fulton Jr. Both are top-notch fighters but Stephen Fulton Jr has functioned more within that rarified, world champion caliber tier of the sport. I ultimately think that the “quality of opposition edge” will favor Stephen Fulton Jr in this fight. I see the former defeating the latter via unanimous decision when Fulton Jr vs Leo goes down.
Pick: Stephen Fulton Jr (-265)