- Ranked #3 in the Super Bantamweight division for the Dominican Republic.
- Record: 11-3-1, 7 KO’s
For super bantamweight prospect Carlos Fulgencio, October 30th could prove to be the first strike for the Dominican Republic in the popular Latin Invasion tour. Fighting Mexican-American prospect Antonio Escalante in his hometown of El Paso, Texas might be a tall order for any fighter, but Fulgencio promises that he is up to the task.
“I've seen footage of Escalante and I respect him as a fighter but I'm going to kick his butt come October 30," commented the supremely confident Dominican, “"I am a very aggressive fighter who goes forward and does not stop punching."
If one didn’t know any better, you’d almost suspect that he didn’t know he was the underdog in this fight.
Fulgencio turned pro back in May of 2005 when he took stopped Alejandro Salas in the fourth round in a fight in his native Dominican Republic. A month later he was held to a draw against fellow Dominican Alejandro Lebron before stringing together eight straight wins, all in the Dominican Republic. With a 9-0-1 record, many boxing insiders saw him as the best prospect in the country. But when he was stopped by current Dominican Republic Super Flyweight Champion Francis Ruiz in three rounds it appeared that his status as best prospect from the D.R. would take a hit as well. Although Ruiz was a respected fighter, most felt that the undefeated Fulgencio would score the victory over his seasoned opponent.
Not wanting to take the easy route after the loss, Fulgencio immediately took on the best his country had to offer. After a quick tune up against Jamie Kelly he took on undefeated Dominican prospect Jenifel Vicente in a six round cross roads fight. For Fulgencio, it proved to be a major setback. Clearly still affected from his loss to Ruiz, Vicente scored the third round TKO, dropping Fulgencio three times in the fight. It seemed that a safer approach would be in order: that Fulgencio would benefit from taking it easy against softer opponents to build up his record and confidence again. But
After another tune up fight (this time against Nelson Diaz) he took on the toughest opponent of his career in Mexican prospect Abner Mares in California on August 27, 2009. The fight, which he took on short notice, ended with a Mares victory by way of 6th round KO, but many ringsiders were impressed with the toughness and skill of Fulgencio nonetheless.
"I had trained for three weeks before my fight with Abner Mares,” commented Fulgencio, “I take nothing from him but I would love to get a rematch because with sufficient training I know I can beat him."
It may have ben a loss on his record, but it in turn opened up the door for what is the biggest fight of his career as he steps into the ring with Escalante on October 30th. Although still seen as a highly regarded prospect in his native Dominican Republic, even his most ardent supporters know that a loss will all but close the book on him as a prospect. With three losses on his resume against the only three contenders he faced, even Fulgencio knows that he needs to shine in this, his biggest test to date. But Fulgencio is more than happy to embrace that opportunity.
"I'm extremely excited to be fighting Antonio Escalante,” added Fulgencio, “I am grateful to Golden Boy Promotions and to Zeferino Ramirez for giving me this opportunity."