PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - August 24, 2019  
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Story by John DiSanto
Photos by Stephanie Trapp / TGB Promotions


Philadelphian Stephen Fulton continued his breakout year with an impressive sixth round knockout victory over Mexican Isaac Avelar at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, TX. Both boxers entered the ring as 16-0, undefeated prospects, and going in, the fight appeared to be a competitive match between two of the best rising fighters at 122 pounds. However, Fulton dominated the bout and scored his seventeenth straight victory with an emphatic KO.

Fulton came right out and looked sharp against his southpaw foe. Avelar was aggressive, but could not match either speed or skills with Fulton. "Cool Boy Steph" out-jabbed the hard-charging Avelar, cut him in the third, and as the rounds progressed, began landing stinging punches to the head and body.

Fulton punished Avelar in round five, but the Mexican survived the attack. Finally in round six, Fulton cracked Avelar with a perfect left hook to the body that put him on the canvas for the full ten-count by referee Tony Garcia. The time was 1:26 of round six of the scheduled ten-rounder.

With the win, Fulton, the IBO 122 pound champ, improved to 17-0, 7 KOs. Avelar slipped to 16-1, 10 KOs. The PBC fight was televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

"I want to thank my opponent for putting on a great performance with me tonight," Fulton said. "This is the sixth undefeated fighter who came up short against me. It shows that I'm ready for anyone." 

In the main event later that night, Branden Figueroa, 20-0, 15 KOs, knocked out Javier Nicolas Chacon, 29-5-1, 9 KOs, to retain his Interim WBA junior featherweight belt. A match between Fulton and Figueroa is a natural pairing, and the Philadelphian is open to the idea of it.

"I want all the belt-holders," Fulton said. "So if I have to go through him to get to all the others, then that's what I'll do." 




John DiSanto - Edinburg, TX (via FS1) - August 24, 2019