“I want to thank my opponent for putting on a great performance with me tonight,” said Fulton. “This is the sixth undefeated fighter who came up short against me. It shows that I’m ready for anyone.”
Fulton was effective early, using his jab and landing pot shots while effectively avoiding Avelar’s counters. Avelar was able to have moments of his own success, specifically when he threw combinations and kept Fulton out of the middle of the ring.
However, the ring generalship of Philadelphia’s Fulton was sufficient in keeping the hard-charging Avelar’s offense at bay. As the fight went on, Fulton landed more and more power shots, including a right hook in round three that created a cut on Avelar’s right eye.
Throughout the fight, Fulton landed 42 percent of his power punches and would end the night out landing Avelar 75 to 53. After a big fifth round, Fulton continued to do damage in round six, punishing his opponents with a varied attack.
Finally, Fulton landed an effective barrage that was punctuated by a perfect left hook to the body, which left Avelar crumpled on the mat. Referee Tony Garcia counted out Avelar, giving Fulton the victory, and a possible future matchup against fellow top 122-pounder Figueroa.
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