World title win helps Leo earn New Mexico top honors for second consecutive year
Despite a pandemic, 2020 was a historic year for Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Angelo Leo who become just the sixth fighter in state history to win a major world boxing title. This made it an easy decision to recognize him for the second consecutive year as SWFight.com’s New Mexico Boxer of the Year.
On August 1, 2020, the 26-year-old, Leo, defeated Tramaine Williams via a wide unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBO Junior Featherweight title.
After losing the first two rounds in his bout against Williams (19-1, 6KOs), Leo launched a body attack that would help him secure 10 consecutive rounds. After the 12-round battle the scorecards would read 117-111, and 118-110 on two of the other judges’ cards.
Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) went into the bout highly ranked on three of the four major world boxing sanctioning bodies’ top-15 rankings. Former WBA Super Welterweight Champion, Austin Trout of Las Cruces was the last New Mexican fighter to complete this feat.
What’s next for Angelo Leo?
Leo now sets his eyes to January 23 where he will take on undefeated Stephen Fulton Jr.. The two were originally set to face off on that Aug. 1, 2020 card but after testing positive for COVID-19, Fulton Jr. (18-0, 8KOs) was forced out of the championship bought and was replaced by Williams.
Leo joins Jennifer Han as the only two boxers in the last nine years since we’ve started the award to take our top honors.
Leo’s fight against Fulton Jr. will air live on Showtime.
SWFight.com Boxer of the Year:
2020: Angelo Leo (Albuquerque/Las Vegas, NV)
2019: Angelo Leo (Albuquerque/Las Vegas, NV)
2018: Jason Sanchez (Albuquerque)
2017: Jose Osorio (Albuquerque)
2016: Jennifer Han (El Paso, TX/Las Cruces, NM)/ Jose Salinas – Las Cruces
2015: Jennifer Han (El Paso, TX/Las Cruces, NM)
2014: Abraham Han (El Paso, TX/Las Cruces, NM)
2013: Fidel Maldonado Jr. (Albuquerque)
2012: Austin Trout (Las Cruces)