ALBUQUERQUE DECLARES JANUARY 20 “ANGELO LEO DAY” TO HONOR HOMETOWN CHAMPION
WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Leo Makes First Title Defense Against
Stephen Fulton Jr., This Saturday Live on SHOWTIME®
Stream City Council Presentation Here
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – January 22, 2021 – Albuquerque native and 122-pound world champion Angelo Leo has been honored in his hometown by the Albuquerque City Council proclaiming January 20 “Angelo Leo Day” in a presentation streamed live from the Mayor’s office. Leo joins an elite group of New Mexican athletes, becoming the fifth combat sports figure to receive this honor ahead of his SHOWTIME main event appearance Saturday, January 23 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
“Were honored to recognize Angelo Leo and his accomplishments today, said Councilor Klarrisa Peña.” “Angelo Leo is the fourth New Mexico native to win a world champion. The governing body of the city of Albuquerque hereby recognizes the WBO Jr. Featherweight World Champion Angelo Leo and today as “Angelo Leo Day”.
Leo (20-0, 9 KO’s) became the first world champion from New Mexico since legendary three-division champion Johnny Tapia when he defeated Tramaine Williams via unanimous decision in August. Leo shares this milestone bestowed by the city with the late light heavyweight great Bob Foster (2015), Tapia (2015), UFC’s Carlos Condit (2012), and Holly Holm (2015).
The hometown champion spent most of his life in Albuquerque before turning pro. He was first introduced to the sport of boxing by his father Miguel at eight years old becoming a highly touted amateur within a few years. In 2017, after experiencing some hardship and homelessness, the resilient father-son-duo struck gold and caught Floyd Mayweather’s eye. Leo was signed to Mayweather Promotions on November 7, 2017 and made his promotional debut a few weeks later. Eight fights later, the fast-rising prospect won the NABO title when he defeated Cesar Juarez by TKO on the Davis vs. Gamboa undercard on December 28, 2019.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by my hometown, said Leo.” “Albuquerque is a boxing town, we’re just a small town so a lot of talent never makes it out, so to be here is a blessing. Thank you, Councilor, Klarissa Pena for making this happen and the entire City Council, to my fans, my family, my dad who’s been here every step of the way and of course, my team at Mayweather Promotions for putting me in a position to get this opportunity. I will continue to make my city and fans proud.”
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ABOUT LEO VS. FULTON
Leo vs. Fulton will see WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Angelo Leo take on unbeaten rising star Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton Jr. in the main event live on SHOWTIME Saturday, January 23 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast of 2021 begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a co-main event between unbeaten 122-pounders Ra’eese Aleem and Victor Pasillas for the interim WBA title. In the telecast opener, rising prospect Rolando Romero squares off against Avery Sparrow in a 12-round lightweight bout.
Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions (702) 807-1788; firstname.lastname@example.org