Daniel Roman Looks to Capture World Title in Japan
August 15, 2017
Anthony Saldana (70 articles)
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Daniel Roman Looks to Capture World Title in Japan

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

It was earlier this year when Daniel Roman knew that a title shot was within his reach. Roman and his team had gotten the call to face the highly touted undefeated prospect Adam Lopez in what would turn out to be a WBA Super Bantamweight title eliminator fight in Atlantic City on Showtime. Coming into the fight many boxing experts favored Lopez to easily defeat Roman who fights for local boxing promotor Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotion. Roman however had other plans and quickly hushed his critics as he went into Atlantic City and completely dismantled Lopez in nine rounds. “It was great motivation for me to know I had so many doubters” stated Roman in a recent interview with Supreme Boxing. After the victory over Lopez, Showtime commentator Raul Marquez stated “Daniel fought a very disciplined and calculated fight, he broke Lopez down round by round. He took care of business. He gave Adam Lopez a beat down and now he’s in line to fight world champion Nehomar Cermeno.

 

Shortly after returning home from his victory over Lopez, Roman was back in the gym with long time trainer and mentor Eddie Gonzalez preparing for his title fight against the World Champion Nehomar Cermeno, but that fight would never come. The WBA awarded the title fight with Cermeno to undefeated Japanese prospect Shun Kubo. In that bout Cermeno adjusted to his taller southpaw opponent and eventually floored Kubo in the seventh. Cermeno however could not close out the show and refused to come out of his corner in the 10th round due to an undisclosed injury giving Kubo the TKO victory. With Kubo upsetting Cermeno, Roman knew his chance at a title was in limbo.

 

Now on September 3rd Daniel “The Baby Face Assassin”  Roman (22-2-1, 8 KOs) will finally get his chance at a world title when he and his team will travel to the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Japan to take on the WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion and hometown favorite Shun Kubo (12-0, 9 KOs). “I’ve been patient and I’ve waited for this fight, my goal has always been to win a world title” stated Roman. “This is my first time fighting in Japan, and I’m confident I’ll come away victorious. I’ve seen clips of Kubo and I know he’s a tall Southpaw, so my team and I have a game plan to counter that. I know I’ll have to fight my fight and expose his weaknesses.” In preparation for his upcoming fight Roman has sparred several rounds with stablemate Isaac Zarate, and undefeated Top Rank prospect Michael Conlan. “To go into Japan and come home a champion is my goal.” Stated Roman “ I plan on accomplishing what I’ve set out to do, I’m going to go out do my thing, and prove to everyone I’m championship material”

 

Roman, who last lost in 2013, has looked impressive since that loss, winning 14 straight fights and beating several notable names, including Adam Lopez, Daniel Noriega and Erik Ruiz. Roman has also captured the WBA-NABA Super Bantamweight Title along the way. As our conversation continued this writer asked Roman why he was so confident he would be victorious and he stated “I’ve matured in the ring and as a man, my team and I have continued to learn from the tough opposition that Thompson Promotions has put in front of me and I’m 100% physically and mentally prepared.”

Although Shun Kubo is the undefeated World Champion, Roman is young, hungry and focused on winning his first major world title. I look for Roman to start fast hurt Kubo early and eventually break his Japanese opponent down by the middle rounds. My prediction the “Baby Face Assassin” by middle to late round TKO.

 

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