At the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, Saturday, over Showtime, TGB Promotions – Tom Brown, Kings Promotions – Marshall Kauffman and Mayweather Promotions – Leonard Ellerbe presented a WBO Super Bantamweight title fight with champion Angelo Leo losing against Stephen Fulton in 12 action rounds.
In the Main Event WBO Super Bantamweight champion Angelo “El Chinito” Leo, 20-0 (9), #121.4, of Las Vegas, NV, fought former IBO champion ranked No. 1 “Cool Boy Steph” Stephen Fulton, Jr., 18-0 (8), #122, of Philadelphia, PA, 12 rounds, for WBO Super Bantamweight title.
In the first round it was fast and furious from both with Fulton having a slight edge with Leo having a cut on his left eyebrow from an accidental clash of heads. In the second and third rounds the action continued from both fighters. In the fourth round it was Leo’s body work and Fulton’s right uppercuts to the chin. Leo had Fulton hurt at the end of the round.
In the fifth round it was Fulton having the advantage going to the body of Leo. In the sixth round the action continued with Fulton outworking Leo. In the seventh round it went back and forth. Fulton’s condition seemed better at the end of the round. In the eighth round the action continued going to the body. In the ninth round the quicker Fulton started used his jab to control the action.
In the tenth round Fulton continued scoring punches and holding frustrating Leo. In the eleventh round Fulton continued outworking Leo. In the twelfth and final round Fulton kept the oncoming Leon at bay landing many more in an exciting 12 rounds.
Ref was David Fields, judges scores Lombardi and Roldan 119-109 and Weisfeld 118-112 with this writer 119-109. The scores didn’t tell how exciting the fight was. Fulton is trained by Zahir “Z-Man” Raheem.
“I bullied the bully. The game plan was to box at first. I had to get a little dirty and fight his fight and make it a dog fight. Around the fifth or sixth round I saw him breathing heavy. (out a year he answered) We’ve all been through a lot in a year. It feels good being the only champ in Philly in any sport. There are other good fighters like Jaron Ennis. I want a unification bout. That’s what I want to do. Leo is a good man and came to fight. I mentally pushed myself to the limit. I want to thank Al Haymon and others,” said Fulton.
Super Bantamweight southpaw No. 8 ranked “Vicious” Vic Pasillas, 15-1-1ND (9), #122, of Redwood City, CA, was stopped by No. 2 ranked Raeese “The Beast” Aleem, 18-0 (12), #121.6, of Las Vegas, NV, at 1:00 of the eleventh round after four knockdowns for the interim WBA Super Bantamweight title, 12 rounds.
In the first round Pasillas boxed well until getting caught in the final seconds by a Aleem left hook on the chin. In the second round with a little over a minute to go Aleem landed a lead right on the chin of Pasillas dropping him for an 8-count by ref Schiavone. He barely got through the round. In the third round Aleem continued to have his way for the most part.
In the third and fourth rounds Aleem had the edge with a body attack over southpaw Pasillas. In the fifth round things heated up from both. In the sixth round after a minute a left hook from Aleem to the head dropped Pasillas for an 8-count. Halfway through the seventh round a left hook from Aleem on the chin had Pasillas in trouble. In the eighth round Pasillas came back well, hurting Aleem in the final seconds of the round. In the ninth round Aleem caught Pasillas with a left hook causing his glove to touch the canvas. Referee Schiavone gave him an 8-count.
In the eleventh round after a minute a right and left combination from Aleem on the head of Pasillas dropped him forcing referee Schiavone to immediately wave it off.
Ref was Danny Schiavone with Aleem well ahead at time of stoppage.
WBA interim Lightweight champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero, 13-0 (11), #134 ¼, of Las Vegas, NV, stopped late sub Avery Sparrow, 10-3 (3), #136, of Philadelphia, PA, non-title at 0:43 of the seventh of a 12.
In the first round after twenty seconds a jab from Romero knocked the mouthpiece and followed with a left hook on the chin of late sub Sparrow and down he went for an 8-count from referee Callas. In the second round Romero had Sparrow in trouble in the final seconds. In the third round it was all Romero until the final punch of the round when a Sparrow right on the chin rocked Romero. In the fourth and fifth rounds the heavier punching Romero won but Sparrow picked up the pace better.
In the sixth round Sparrow was penalized for an intentional low blow. Just before that his knee gave out on him. In the seventh round Sparrow’s trainer Rashiem Jefferson called a halt.
Ref was Johnny Callas. Romero had won every round and ahead 60-51 at the end by all three judges.
Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. with commentators, Brian Custer, Mauro Ranallo, Al Bernstein and Raul Marquez.