Angelo Leo really felt tired by the 6th round of his WBO junior featherweight title protection versus Stephen Fulton.
Philly’s Fulton was currently in the procedure of constructing a large lead on the scorecards and also Leo really did not have the power or an alternative strategy to transform anything throughout their 12-rounder January 23 at Mohegan Sunlight Sector in Uncasville, Connecticut. The competent Fulton beat him by massive margins (119-109, 119-109, 118-110) to take the 122- extra pound champion Leo won simply 5 months previously, when he out-pointed Tramaine Williams, a sick Fulton’s late substitute.
Albuquerque’s Leo (20-1, 9 KOs), that is advertised by Floyd Mayweather’s business, will certainly go back to the ring Saturday evening. The previous champ is arranged to satisfy Mexico’s Aaron Alameda (25-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round, 122- extra pound spell Outset will certainly telecast as component of the Jermall Charlo-Juan Macias Montiel undercard from Toyota Facility in Houston.
“It was a tough pill to swallow for sure,” Leo informed BoxingScene.com. “You know, getting that first loss, I was down for the first few weeks. I was down and out, but as time went on and my head cleared and all that, you know, that hunger for boxing was in me, to get back into the ring, get back into training. I got back into training, I felt good and I started sparring. I started feeling a lot better about myself, my confidence was up, but I took that loss pretty hard. I’m not gonna lie – I took it pretty hard. And I definitely have a chip on my shoulder for this next one, to get back on that winning track.”
Alameda additionally endured his very first expert loss in his last battle. Previous WBC very bantamweight champ Luis Nery (31-1, 24 KOs) beat Alameda by consentaneous choice in their 12-rounder September 26 at Mohegan Sunlight Sector.
The 27-year-old Leo wishes to beat Alameda extra well than Mexico’s Nery, that won by ratings of 118-110, 116-112 and also 115-113.
“It would prove to people I’m still a threat in the 122 division,” Leo stated, “if I go out there and impressively beat Alameda through either a stoppage or a KO. It would mean a lot.”
Nery is without a doubt one of the most achieved, unsafe challenger Alameda has actually encountered in 26 expert battles. Leo really feels Alameda managed his considerable action up in course sensibly well.
“He’s a tough competitor,” Leo stated. “He brings it. He’s no pushover, for sure. He’s a boxer. He likes to use his jab a lot. He’s a typical southpaw, really. He likes to use that left uppercut when you come in. It’s just all about, you know, controlling the distance and working that body, fight the way I fight.”
Leo acquired COVID-19 late in 2014, which created his battle with Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) to be pressed back a little greater than a month. Whereas Fulton took ample time to completely recoup from COVID-19 prior to his title battle with Leo was rescheduled, Leo really felt some burning in his lungs as soon as he began running once more to plan for their January 23 spell.
“At the time, I thought that was enough time [to recover],” Leo stated. “I didn’t really feel the effects of COVID. I didn’t wanna believe that I had COVID, but I tested positive for it and I had it. And you could visibly see that I was getting gassed. I was gassed out by the sixth round. But it is what it is. I just wanna show the world what I’ve got in this next fight, just show that I’m still a top dog in the 122 division.”
Outset will certainly broadcast the Leo-Alameda suit as the opener of its tripleheader (9 p.m. EDT; 6 p.m. PDT).
In the costs cable television network’s succeeding spell, lightweights from Mexico City, Isaac Cruz (21-1-1, 15 KOs) and also Francisco Vargas (27-2-2, 19 KOs), will certainly contest in a 10-rounder. Houston’s Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) will certainly make an optional protection of his WBC middleweight title versus Mexico’s Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KOs) in the 12-round centerpiece.
Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.