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Angelo Leo vs. Stephen Fulton Jr. headlines tripleheader on Jan. 23

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Angelo Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) defends the WBO junior-featherweight champion against Stephen Fulton Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) in a battle of unbeaten fighters on January 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The loaded bill also sees Ra'eese Aleem (17-0, 11 KOs) face off with Victor Pasillas (15-0, 8 KOs) for the interim WBA junior featherweight title in chief support, meaning two "0s" are likely to go at 122 pounds in the show's top two fights.

Meanwhile, the televised opener sees Rolando Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) put his interim WBA lightweight title on the line against Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7 KOs).

The six fighters involved on the main card have just one defeat between them, with a combined 96 professional victories. Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, was excited at what the card offers for fight fans.

"We're rolling straight into 2021, ready to keep creating as many opportunities as we can for our fighters," Ellerbe said in a press release. "Angelo Leo and Rolando Romero will both be defending their titles for the first time and will be put to yet another test in their respective bouts.

"Everyone has been working hard and fine-tuning in preparation for January 23, and it's going to be another great night of boxing filled with very exciting talent to kick off the new year." 

"Leo vs. Fulton is a true 50-50 matchup between two rising stars entering the primes of their careers," added Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Fulton's chance at capturing the title was delayed, but his opportunity finally comes January 23 on SHOWTIME. Leo worked incredibly hard to capture the world championship in August and will come prepared and determined to defend it successfully.

"The super bantamweight division will have a clear world title contender emerge from the co-main event, a battle of unbeatens between Aleem and Pasillas. Add in the opening bout of 'Rolly' Romero vs. Justin Pauldo, a fight that can launch a prospect into a contender, and we have an excellent fight card to kick off the year." 

Leo is confident in coming out on top and proving himself to be a real force in the lower weight classes against worthy opposition.

"It's been a crazy year for everyone, but to say I walked out of 2020 a world champion is truly incredible and humbling," said Leo. "I spent 16 years training for that moment to become a champion, and here I am, preparing for my next camp for my first defense top of 2021.

"That's a blessing, and I thank Mayweather Promotions and my team for that. My experiences with Floyd last camp going to really put me in a great position going into this fight.

"My father Miguel has been instrumental in keeping me grounded and reminding me that all of these fighters are eyeing my spot. My goal in 2021 is to remain champion and get more belts, and Fulton is that next test."

Meanwhile, Philadelphia's Fulton feels this is his time after having to wait for his chance at the gold.

"I feel like everything happens for a reason because I'm 10 times more ready now than I was the first time around," Fulton said. "I'm excited to fight for the title, and I expect nothing but Angelo Leo to be himself and fight his fight on January 23."

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