TopClassBoxing’s Featured Fighter of the Year Danny Roman (21-2-1, 8 KOs) stepped into pole position for a shot at the WBA Super Bantamweight title last night, courtesy of the one sided beat down he administered to the formerly unbeaten Adam Lopez (16-1-1, 8 KOs) at the Bally’s Event Centre in Atlantic City.
In his first premium network debut, Roman took the opportunity to dazzle under the gaze of the Showtime cameras, setting up shots with the precision of his jab before working in hooks and uppercuts effectively.
From start to finish, Roman controlled the action but the fourth signalled the beginning of the end for Lopez with Roman connecting with a hard left hook which sent blood gushing from his nose before finding respite on the canvas. Getting up on unsteady legs, moments later is was a case of deju vu, this time a uppercut dropping him with the look of concern a clear indiction from Lopez’ corner that the fight was close to it’s conclusion.
Surviving on instinct alone, Lopez showed heart in making it through the fourth but thereafter remained on the receiving end of some punishing shots from Roman who was now looking to end proceedings.
Ronnie Shields pleaded with Lopez to “show him something” in the eighth but Roman never let up in his dismantlement of Lopez, giving Shields the only option to pull his fighter from a more severe ending after the ninth.
“I thought I was going to knock him out in the fourth,” said Roman, “I ran out of time. He was saved by the bell.”
“I’m thrilled to get this win,” said Roman “I did what I told everyone I was going to do. But I can’t relax now. It’s time to prepare for Nehomar Cermeno.”
“He took his time. He didn’t rush being that it was his first fight on TV. It was an eliminator. You thought he would be rushing into things” said Raul Marquez, expert analyst for Showtime “He boxed very well. Every round was a beat down.”
“He was absolutely dominant,” said Steve Farhood, longtime boxing analyst at Showtime
“Danny proved to the boxing world that his time has arrived,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “We’ve been watching him develop into a top flight fighter and today he showed what he’s capable of. He’s going to be a world champion.”
Lopez cut a frustrated figure afterwards, leaving the ring unhappy by the performance on the night
“He was the better man tonight,” Lopez said “I kept trying to catch him with uppercuts and I got caught every time. I was trying to get on the inside, but it was hard.
“I thought I was clawing my way back into the fight, but my eye started hurting. It was the first uppercut that knocked me down in the fourth that got me right in the eye. It was hard to keep on going with my eye like that. When I got back to the corner after the ninth round, Ronnie told me he had seen enough and he stopped the fight.”
Now the immediate attention turns to Nehomar Cermeno who has fought his last three fights in China, beating XiaoJun Qiu in June 2016 to capture the WBA title. Roman who is now on a fourteen fight unbeaten streak will feel increasingly confident of dethroning the Venezuelan, after this type of performance who could argue?