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  Stephen Fulton Jr. vs. Danny Roman & David Morrell Jr. vs. Kalvin Henderson Final Press Conference

Unified WBC and WBO 122-pound world champion Stephen Fulton Jr. and former unified champion Danny Roman went face to face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they meet in the SHOWTIME main event this Saturday, June 4 from The Armory in Minneapolis in a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The press conference also featured WBA Super Middleweight Champion and Minneapolis fan-favorite David Morrell Jr. and Kalvin Henderson previewing their co-main event showdown on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Kicking off the telecast will be the premiere of Gervonta Davis sensational stoppage of Rolando Romero last Saturday night as he defended his WBA Lightweight Title in front of a star-studded, sold-out crowd that included celebrities across the entertainment and sporting gamut.

Philadelphias Fulton will look for another signature victory on Saturday, after unifying super bantamweight titles last November by winning a close decision over Brandon Figueroa in one of 2021s best fights. He will be opposed by Los Angeles Roman, who can regain his unified status in the division in a matchup built to deliver fireworks.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

STEPHEN FULTON JR.


Ive been recognized more since unifying the titles and it feels great to be able to take pictures with my fans.

It meant everything to me to unify the belts because I said I wanted to do that. When I won my first title in early 2021 and then unified later in the year, that was an amazing feeling because Ive been through some things leading up to that fight. Not just my camp, but home. So there was a lot going on with me. But mentally I was there and I stuck through it and unified and now Im here.

The last four fighters I faced were undefeated, so Im used to this road. I always step up to the occasion. I always show up when I get to these stages. My whole life has been like that. Right now I am living in the moment. I havent been looking past anything. Were living for today. So when Saturday comes, Im going to live for it and have fun and Im going to enjoy it. Im going to enjoy defeating him.

It feels good to be in the position and be the hunted. It feels good to be in this position because Ive called him out when he had his titles and they didnt look my direction. But then when they didnt have the titles they looked my direction because I had it. Now Im giving him the opportunity that he didnt give me.

Youve all seen I can fight on the inside, I can fight on the outside. I can fight whichever way I want. So how I wake up Saturday morning is going to determine how I fight Saturday night. I can do whatever I want. I dont have one style to me.

Hes lost three times, and maybe one draw. Theres four ways to get to him. Theres no way to get to me yet. Theres no one whos figured that out.

Im more focused. Im hungry. Its gonna be a good fight. Just be there. Im going to have fun. Im going to have a ball in that ring. I feel like when I took it serious earlier in my career, I wasnt having any fun. Now Im taking the risk. Thats why I picked him and chose him.

DANNY ROMAN

This is the biggest opportunity of my life and were here to take advantage of it. Ive had obstacles too. When I lost my titles to MJ, [Murodjon Akhmadaliev] there were politics involved. But thats boxing and now Im focused on whos in front of me now and thats Stephen Fulton. Im not overlooking my opponent.

Its been a year since I last fought, and Im paying attention to that. This opportunity doesnt come around twice so I know what I have to do to get that W. Ive been in his position before and you dont want to lose those belts. I was a unified champion too. So I know what it takes. Hes going to try and look his best, and Im going to go in there and give everything I have to get him.

This fight will be like a chess game and whoever can make the right adjustments will win the fight.

Were going to have fun. I expect a great fight. Hes giving his best, Im giving my best.

It means everything to represent my Mexican-American culture. Were just another step away toward making history just like the great Mexican fighters. It means a lot.

Were here to win, and were going to win.

DAVID MORRELL JR.

I came here from Cuba in 2019 and Im so happy that I was able to follow the guidance of Luis DeCubas Sr. and be embraced so much by the state of Minnesota. It has allowed me to pursue my dreams and be at a high level in my career as a fighter in Minneapolis. Every fight that I have here at The Armory becomes more meaningful. The support of the people here means absolutely everything to me.

Im glad that Henderson has the confidence that he thinks hes going to win. I appreciate that. But its a shame that hes going to go home with a loss. Im happy that hes confident like that because were going to put on a great show. But at the same time, when he says that hes going to come and win, thats not going to happen.

Me and my team are totally focused on Henderson on Saturday night. After, if you want me to talk about David Benavidez, I know I can fight against Benavidez because I have the courage thats necessary to fight against somebody like Benavidez. I have the guts. Im a champion and I know I can do it.

This fight is all about opening more doors for me. In more than one way. First of all, this is my first time fighting on SHOWTIME. I wont take that for granted. I know that if I perform well on this stage, doors will open for me with SHOWTIME and with my career. Winning this fight is going to allow me to fulfil the projects and the fights that I want to have later on in my career and later on this year.

My prediction for Saturday is that I will be happy. I dont have time for pain. Im too happy right now. My little brother asked me for a knockout between rounds one and five, and I guess Ill have to come through for him. Thats my prediction.

KALVIN HENDERSON

This is a huge opportunity. I have a huge chance to come in here and try to dethrone the champ. I just want you guys to know that were not here to say, Were here for the experience. Or just to say, We got an opportunity to fight for the title. Were here to fight and were here to win.

All of the pressure is off of me. Everybodys expecting me to come in here and lose and lay down. The pressure is on the champ. Were in his hometown in America. Everybody is expecting him to do great things, so I just have to go in there and show out and do what I do best.

Hes supposed to feel that hes going to win. Hes the champ. Hes 6-0 with five KOs. Hes already fought in Minnesota a few times. Hes supposed to feel that way. And I feel the same way too. So were going to see on Saturday night.

I dont think hes overlooking me. I think hes taking this fight very seriously and hes trained very seriously for this fight. But so did I. In the past, Ive also messed up my opponents future plans for fights after that. Thats what were going to do on Saturday. Mess up all his future plans.

I aint worried about the crowd being pro-Morrell. Its not my first time doing this and skills travel. My prediction for this fight is pain.



 

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