We’re excited for Fulton vs Roman as the bantamweights battle for the WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight titles.
Stephen Fulton is a perfect 20-0 and current titleholder, but despite boxing match odds installing him as a solid favorite, beating Daniel Roman won’t be easy.
Roman is a former division champion and he has his eyes set on capturing the titles on Thursday.
Fulton Getting Job Done
Stephen Fulton isn’t the most exciting boxer but he knows how to rack up the wins.
The 27-year-old American is 20-8 with eight wins coming via knockout, so he has been getting the job done via decision and there’s nothing wrong with that.
His performance to beat the previously unbeaten Brandon Figueroa was special and anything close to that effort would be enough to beat Daniel Roman.
Fulton has won his last three fights by decision, including domination of Angelo Leo in 2021. He won 119-109, 119-109, 118-110, in what was an effortless display of power and tactical punching.
The Philadelphia native believes his mental state has improved heading into the Fulton vs Roman fight, which takes place during Ramadan.
“Everything has been great,” Fulton told Bad Left Hook. “Camp has been amazing and challenging for me training through Ramadan. Training with little energy during Ramadan actually helped me as far as making weight. Right now, I’m just looking forward to June 4.”
“I’ve fought during Ramadan four years in a row and got knockouts. I already know how to prepare for a fight this way. My mental is just different when I’m fasting and on my spiritual journey. Those are the things that push me to the next level mentally. The fight game is more mental than physical anyway.”
Boxing odds have Fulton as the -500 favorite. His record speaks for itself and he has beaten better fighters than Roman, however, Roman is a former division champion and that experience is tough to look past.
Roman Facing Challenge
Daniel Roman isn’t the most-known household name in bantamweight boxing but the Californian has been around the block.
He defended his WBA and IBF Bantamweight titles against TJ Doheny in 2019 before losing to Murodjon Akhmadaliev by split decision.
He looked impressive in two wins since his loss, including a unanimous decision victory against Ricardo Franco last year.
Fulton vs Roman could come down to which boxer wins the early rounds, so Roman needs to come out firing. He often comes out swinging and he believes he could earn respect with a big performance.
“This is a fight where I can earn a lot of respect,” Roman said. “That’s what every fighter wants. Even when I became a unified champion, they still had me below the other champions. I think that goes for Fulton as well.”
“Everybody is trying to prove themselves as the best in the division. This is the fight. I’m fighting against who is considered the best in the division and I get a chance to be back on top.”
Our boxing betting tips don’t see Roman beating Fulton but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a close fight. Roman is easily good enough to test the champion and potentially look for a late knockout blow, but we’re not prepared to take the +350.
We would have entertained Roman at around +600, but given his quality opponent and his career trajectory, backing Fulton to win.Follow us on Twitter