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[Interview] Stephen Fulton on Ramadan Training for Roman, Finishing Figueroa Rivalry, MJ Unification and More

The unified 122 champion breaks down his Ramadan training adjustments for Danny Roman and more!

In the daily Pound 4 Pound chatter amongst boxing aficionados, there’s a recurring debate around which fighters are on the precipice of greatness. One name that’s beginning to get mentioned more is Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton, the man who unified the WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles in a Fight of the Year trench battle against then undefeated Brandon Figueroa last November. But it’s not just the Figueroa win that’s building Fulton’s credentials — that bout marked four consecutive wins over previously undefeated fighters for the Philly native.

On June 4, Fulton will make his 2022 debut against Danny Roman, a former unified champ looking to not just spoil Fulton’s undefeated record but also steal his potential at Pound 4 Pound recognition by securing a rematch with IBF/ WBA champ Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev for the undisputed crown at 122. And unlike Fulton’s previous fights, this training camp has coincided with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which requires all able-bodied Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset.

In this exclusive BeatsBoxingMayhem interview, Fulton joins us from Philly to break down his training adjustments for Ramadan, what he still needs to prove to rival Figueroa, and campaigning with Jaron Ennis to be the next great Philly fighters. An avid Hip-Hop fan, we even get his review of Future’s latest album I Never Liked You.

EXCERPTS

ON RAMADAN

I take my time during training. I take my time as well as pushing myself to the limit and knowing what times to do those things. I switched up my time schedule — I was normally at the gym at 12 in the afternoon. But now I’m here at 5 so I still get my sparring in and it won’t be that much of a gap between breaking fast and training.

Secondly, I feel like it’s a mind thing. It’ll either make you or break you. We’re obligated to do this. Boxing is an option, this is something we have to do. This is a must do. It always come first…

ON A FIGUEROA REMATCH

That chapter is closing [not closed], but there’s still a little unfinished business on my side because now I want to make it cleaner. The fight won’t even have to be close.

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