STEPHEN FULTON JR., of Philadelphia, is a national Golden Gloves champion.

Fulton decisioned Cristian Williams, of Chicago, in the 114-pound championship bout on Saturday night in Salt Lake City. The victory was described as a "close win" by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Fulton, who fights out of West Philadelphia's Shuler's Gym, advanced to the nationals after winning the state championship in April.

Fulton had to win bouts on 3 consecutive days to advance to the finals. He won all by decision.

On Wednesday, Fulton defeated David Carlton, of Cincinnati.

On Thursday, Fulton topped Thomas Huitt-Johnson, of Kansas City.

In Friday's semifinals, Fulton defeated 16-year-old Hector Tanajara, of San Antonio. Tanajara was a gold-medal winner at last year's Junior Olympics in Kurgen, Russia, and is a veteran of 80 fights.

Fulton's title came 6 weeks after he lost in the USA Boxing national championship bout at 123 pounds.

Two other local state champions lost in the finals.

Tyrone Arzeno, who fights out of the Allentown Boxing Gym, was decisioned at 108 pounds by Nico Hernandez, of Kansas-Oklahoma.

Kyrone Davis, who fights out of the William Hicks Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, lost by decision at 165 pounds to Marquis Moore, of Colorado-New Mexico.

The other national champions are: Gary Antonio Russell, Washington (123 pounds); Lamont Roach Jr., Washington (132); Julian Rodriguez, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. (141); Erickson Lubin, Florida (152); Steven Nelson, Colorado-New Mexico (178); Earl Newman, New York Metro (201); and Cam F. Awesome, Kansas City (over 200).