Stephen Fulton was the better technician.
The gifted two-belt 122-pound titleholder was a step ahead of capable challenger Daniel Roman from beginning to end Saturday in Minneapolis, winning by a wide unanimous decision.
The scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109, meaning Roman won only one round on one card.
Fulton (21-0, 8 KOs) controlled the fight with his swift movement and jab, which made it difficult for the normally busy Roman (29-4-1, 10 KOs) to throw as many punches as he normally does or land his shots consistently.
Fulton didn’t land a tremendous number of punches, either, However, he connected on more than enough of the jabs and power shots — many counter punches — to win the majority of rounds convincingly.
To his credit, Roman, a former unified champion with great pride, tried to pick up his pace as the fight progressed — and had some success — but he never really solved the riddle Fulton posed.