Rolando Romero

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Rolando Romero
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Real nameRolando Florencio Romero Moreno
Weight(s) Lightweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1995-10-14) October 14, 1995 (age 25)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record [1]
Total fights14
Wins14
Wins by KO12
Losses0

Rolando Florencio Romero Moreno (born October 14, 1995) is an American professional boxer who has held the WBA interim lightweight title since 2020.

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Professional career

Debut

Romero made his professional debut on December 2, 2016, scoring a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory against David Courtney at the Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Sunrise Manor, Nevada. [2]

Romero vs. Marinez

After compiling a record of 11–0 (10 KOs) Romero faced undefeated Dominican Jackson Marinez for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title on August 15, 2020, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In what was viewed as a controversial decision, Romero captured the vacant WBA interim title via twelve-round unanimous decision (UD) with the judges' scorecards reading 118–110, 116–112, and 115–113. This decision was considered very controversial, with many feeling Marinez deserved the win. [3] [4] [5]

Romero vs. Sparrow

Romero was scheduled to take on Justin Pauldo, but Pauldo came in 5Ibs over the contracted weight. Romero's team would then change the weight to 140 Ibs, but Pauldo failed a pre-fight physical with the commission having to cancel it. Romero fought Avery Sparrow as a last minute opponent, the latter having had five weeks of training prior to this fight. Romero defeated his opponent by seventh-round technical knockout, and aired his frustrations with Sparrow's fighting style after the fight: "He fought like a coward, he just wanted a street fight because he knew he wasn’t gonna do anything to me." [6]

Romero vs. Yigit

Romero was slated to defend his interim title against Austin Dulay on the undercard of Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castaño on July 17, 2021. Dulay pulled out of the fight a few days before the scheduled date which prompted Romero to claim that Dulay had pulled out of the fight due to a “panic attack.” Dulay responded by revealing that he suffered a knee injury and offered to give Romero $10,000 of his fight purse to reschedule the fight. [7]

Anthony Yigit was subsequently moved from his untelevised preliminary slot to step in as Romero's opponent. [8] Romero's title was no longer on the line when Yigit weighed in 5.2 lbs over the 135 lb limit, but the fight nonetheless went ahead. On the night, Romero dropped Yigit multiple times en route to a seventh-round technical knockout victory. [9] The San Antonio crowd booed Romero as he was announced as the winner, voicing their displeasure with his roughhouse tactics of throwing elbows, shoving and grappling his opponent. He was unfazed when questioned about it in his post-fight interview, saying, "I fought a 140 pounder and I fucking stopped him, simple as that." [10]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
14 fights14 wins0 losses
By knockout120
By decision20
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
14Win14–0 Flag of Sweden.svg Anthony Yigit TKO7 (12), 1:54 Jul 17, 2021 Flag of the United States.svg AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.Romero's WBA interim lightweight title no longer at stake due to Yigit missing weight
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Avery SparrowTKO7 (12), 0:43Jan 23, 2021 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
12Win12–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Jackson Marinez UD12Aug 15, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.Won vacant WBA interim lightweight title
11Win11–0 Flag of Latvia.svg Arturs AhmetovsTKO2 (8), 1:22 Feb 22, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Juan Carlos CordonesKO1 (6), 2:14Nov 1, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.
9Win9–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Andres FigueroaKO4 (6), 1:27Apr 20, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Nicolas Atilio VelazquezKO1 (6), 1:02Mar 9, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Rondale HubbertTKO2 (6), 0:45Dec 7, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Dieumerci NzauKO1 (6), 1:17Oct 27, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Javier MartinezUD6Aug 3, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Alex SilvaTKO1 (4), 2:48Jan 27, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny EstradaKO2 (4), 2:02Oct 21, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Adrian LevyaTKO4 (4), 0:23May 20, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg David CourtneyTKO1 (4), 1:11Dec 2, 2016 Flag of the United States.svg Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Ismael Barroso
WBA lightweight champion
Interim title

August 15, 2020 – present
Incumbent