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Stephen Fulton claims Naoya Inoue fight would be one-sided blowout

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WBO super bantamweight champion Stephen ‘Cool Boy Steph’ Fulton 18-0 (9) insists he would have no trouble defeating WBA and IBF bantamweight champion Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue 20-0 (17).

The 26-year-old from Philly claimed the WBO 122-pound belt with a dominant unanimous points victory over Angelo ‘El Chinito’ Leo 20-1 (9) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut in January.

Japan’s Inoue, 28, shot to fame by winning the World Boxing Super Series, defeating current WBC champion Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire 41-6 (27) in the final at Super Arena in Saitama, Japan in November 2019. He has since defeated Australian Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney 21-2 (18) and will defend his titles against Filipino southpaw Michael ‘Hot and Spicy’ Dasmarinas 30-2-1 (20) at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19.

Fulton sees a fight with Inoue going only one way.

“I see me wiping him out clean!” Fulton said on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. “He’s too small for me, he’s too short, his reach isn’t there, I’m not going to sit there for those power shots all the time. He’s good, but he’s not better than me. I believe what happen to [Luis] Nery [against Brandon Figueroa] will happen to him.”

Fulton is set to face WBC and WBA ‘regular’ titleholder Figueroa 22-0-1 (17) in the United States on September 11 at a venue to be named. The 24-year-old Figueroa from Weslaco, Texas is coming off a breakout win over previously undefeated Mexican southpaw Luis Nery 31-1 (24) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California last month, stopping him with a body shot in the seventh round.

“He doesn’t use his range, he doesn’t use his height so technically I’ll be the bigger fighter, I’ll be the taller fighter, I’ll be the rangier fighter, he doesn’t use it,” Fulton said in assessment of Figueroa.

“He doesn’t know how to use those abilities that he has, he only has one way to fight. And you believe that fight will end in a knockout? Yes, for sure!

“When I become victorious over Brandon, I believe I’ll be considered in the pound for pound. Not only that, I believe I will have the Fight of the Year candidate, and after that I see I could be Fighter of the Year!”

The ambitious Fulton sees himself unifying all four major world titles at super bantamweight before moving up to the featherweight division. To do that, he will need to defeat unbeaten Uzbek southpaw Murodjon ‘MJ’ Akhmadaliev 9-0 (7) who hold the WBA and IBF 122-pound belts.

If Fulton manages to achieve that, he wants to challenge WBO 126-pound champion Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete 33-1 (28).

“There’s never been an undisputed champion at 122, I need to be the first to do that… and then move up and probably face Navarrete for that WBO,” he said.