Stephen Fulton felt like “sh-t.”
What become supposed to be one of the vital wonderful instances of his lifestyles directly devolved into certainly one of his worst weeks late in July. The undefeated junior featherweight contender validated effective for COVID-19 simply three days before he changed into purported to combat Angelo Leo for the then-vacant WBO 122-pound championship.
Philadelphia’s Fulton was removed not only from the largest combat of his career, but from his inn room at Mohegan solar in Uncasville, Connecticut. A reflective Fulton realizes that automatically ushering him from the Premier Boxing Champions/Showtime “bubble” become done to protect the different opponents and employees who were in quarantine.
“hear, after they kicked us out the lodge, I felt like sh-t,” a laughing Fulton stated Wednesday all over a digital press conference for his rescheduled combat with Leo, set for January 23. “I’m like, ‘damn! appear how they treatin’ me!’ however I knew it wasn’t nothing personal. no person desires to get sick. And by using having it, now I take note why so many people have lost their lives and that type of factor. So, i would like to assert plenty love to everybody that had it and a suit restoration for all and sundry.”
It took Fulton roughly two weeks to recuperate bodily from COVID-19, however he didn’t return to the fitness center unless early in October.
“I gave myself some time as a result of i do know that understanding and working while you have it can completely mess your lungs up,” Fulton referred to. “It’ll mess your respiratory up. So, I took some day without work of it. and that i mandatory that point to mentally get myself again together.”
Contracting COVID-19 indeed required some emotional and mental rehabilitation.
Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs) changed into contractually certain a shot at Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) once Albuquerque’s Leo defeated Fulton’s substitute, Tramaine Williams (19-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC), via unanimous choice August 1 at Mohegan solar arena. still, falling from the cusp of fighting for an international title to being bedridden right through a virus took its toll on the 26-year-historical Fulton.
“It changed into like certainly one of my lowest moments, dropping that opportunity,” Fulton stated. “and i actually cried about it. I felt like that turned into gonna be it, and that i wasn’t gonna get the chance once again until in a while down the road. and fortunately, the terrific crew it’s all joining us today, you understand, put collectively this January 23rd [fight]. So, just going through that modified my mind-set, the concept manner that I’ve been having, the way I’ve been training, the way I’ve been fighting. And it just made me feel like I could lose everything. everybody is aware of how they think once they believe like they misplaced something, or misplaced every thing that they’d, and that chance. and that they comprehend that rage and that anxiety and everything that it gives you.”
The Leo-Fulton fight will headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader January 23 from Mohegan sun area.
in the co-feature, Raesse Aleem (17-0, 10 KOs), of Muskegon, Michigan, and Vic Pasillas (16-0, 9 KOs), of Redwood metropolis, California, will meet in a 12-circular battle for the WBA period in-between 122-pound title. The telecast will begin with a further 12-rounder by which Las Vegas’ Rolando Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) will take care of his WBA period in-between light-weight title towards Houston’s Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior creator/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.