Danny Roman


Super Bantamweight Danny Roman got involved in the sport of boxing not necessarily because he had the urge to go and sought out a boxing gym, but more so because his father decided he needed to defend himself against the bullies that were harassing him from his neighbourhood.

At first, Danny confesses himself that he didn’t like boxing but after a few months he soon came to love it, starting to appreciate the discipline and fine art that he was being taught on a daily basis. Today having excelled at amateur level with a record of 61-10 he stands as the WBA Super Bantamweight Champion with eyes focused on defending his crown for a time to come.

Roman is Promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions

Managed by Eddie Gonzalez



ORANGE, Calif.  – Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion, makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against the No. 13 rated challenger in Ryo Matsumoto on Feb. 28, from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed “The Challenge,” is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Ohashi Promotions.

Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), who is based in Los Angeles, became the new WBA belt holder in September after dismantling Shun Kubo by ninth round stoppage in the latter’s home country of Japan.

To watch Roman’s KO win that earned him the WBA championship, please click here.

That Roman is traveling back to the island nation for his first world title defense – the site of his most impressive win to date – is of little concern for the aptly nick-named “Baby Face Assassin.”

“If you put in the work and the sacrifice like I do then it makes no difference where I fight,” said Roman. “I have a great team behind me. My preparation for Matsumoto is already underway. I know he’s going to bring everything he has and I’m going to be ready for it.”

“Danny will be making his case as the best in his class when he faces Matsumoto,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “We’ve watched Danny mature into a top flight world champion and now the world gets to see his special talent. We’re excited for him and have no doubt that he will retain his WBA championship in February.”

Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) heads into his first world title fight with a four fight knockout win streak. His 19 knockout wins against 21 total victories is certainly impressive and is among the reasons for his world ranking.

“I saw Danny Roman’s title-winning fight over Shun Kubo and he looked formidable,” said Matsumoto. “I know I’ll be an underdog, but I’ll try to do my best to win his belt.”

“It’s our great pleasure to welcome such a great champion as Danny Roman,” said Hideyuki Ohashi, president of Ohashi Promotions and former WBA and WBC minimumweight world champion. “Danny is strong and sharp, and his defense with Matsumoto will be a very good fight without doubt.”


Date Opponent Result
2017-09-02 S Kubo TKO
2017-01-20 A Lopez RTD
2016-11-19 M Olea UD
2016-08-26 Enrique Quevedo UD
2016-05-20 Christian Esquivel TKO
2016-02-13 Ramiro Robles TKO
2015-06-25 Erick Ruiz UD
2015-06-24 Daniel Noriega UD
2015-05-29 Christopher Martin UD
2015-04-24 Giovanni Caro UD
2015-03-13 Miguel Tamayo UD
2014-09-26 Jonathan Alcantara UD
2014-08-16 Pedro Melo RTD
2014-06-27 Jonathan Arrellano UD
2014-03-15 Jose Angel Cota KO
2013-10-18 Juan Reyes L UD
2013-08-23 Jose Iniguez KO
2013-04-26 Manuel Rubalcava UD
2012-10-27 Juan Gomez Torres UD
2012-08-24 Juan Sandoval UD
2012-03-31 Jesse Adame TKO
2011-07-22 Takashi Okada L SD
2011-05-13 Alfredo Madrigal UD
2011-02-24 Jensen Ramirez D SD
2010-10-08 Christian Cruz KO



Seizing his moment of a world title, Danny “Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) dethroned the WBA Super Bantamweights previous owner Shun Kubo (12-1, 9 KOs) in an impressive ninth round stoppage in Koyoto, Japan.


Asserting aggression from the start, Roman dropped the taller Japanese Southpaw, twice, in the seventh and eighth before the inevitable stoppage came in the ninth after another wave of combinations left the referee with little choice but to intervene.