By Derek Bonnett: Some fighters are blessed with talent and natural ability. Others require experience through which their ability can grow. This requires perseverance though and the unwillingness to be deterred by both set-back and defeat. Mexico’s Miguel "Mickey" Roman, 30, turned professional back in 2003. He’s fought from bantamweight to junior welterweight, but if he stays settled at 130 pounds, he just might have a serious title run ahead of him. With a professional record of 55-11-0 (42), Roman certainly has had some rough patches along the way. After a 22-0-0 start, Roman started mixing it up with some serious veteran fighters. Michael Domingo, Genaro Garcia, Jorge Solis, and a handful of other world class foes were able to take Roman the distance and win on the judges’ cards. Only Antonio Demarco has managed to stop him. Along the way, Roman picked up victories over Cuauhtémoc Gomez, Raul Juarez, Cesar Soto, and Tyrone Harris. However, in the later half of 2012 something seemed to click. Roman, then 37-10-0, put all his experience to good use and stopped being an opponent. Since splitting a pair of bouts with fellow 130-pound contender Dante Jardon, the Juarez native has won seventeen bouts in a row. During this run, he has stopped former world champions Juan Carlos Salgado and Daniel Ponce De Leon with his relentless grinding style. Roman has remained active, fighting twice in 2016 with his latest win an impressive stoppage of WBC number two rated Juli Giner. Roman entered the eliminator bout rated third, so a world title shot appears close. With Francisco Vargas defending the WBC belt against Orlando Salido on June 4, the belt appears destined to remain in Mexico for the foreseeable future.
SecondsOut fighters On the Move:
On Monday, March 28, at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Satoshi Hosono won a unanimous decision over Rikiya Fukuhara in a featherweight bout. The win was Hosono’s third over Fukuhara since 2012. All three judges saw the bout 97-91. Hosono lifted his ledger to 31-2-1 (20) after a slow start. Fukuhara fell to 31-9-1 (23).
Hosono climbed from eighth to seventh in the SecondsOut featherweight rankings. Eric Hunter fell from seventh to eighth.
On Friday, April 1, at DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, Adrien Broner defeated Ashley Theophane by ninth round TKO in a WBA super lightweight title bout. The official time of the stoppage was 1:10. Broner failed to make weight, leaving the belt only up for grabs for Theophane. However, since Broner was victorious the belt remains vacant. Broner lifted his record to 32-2-0 (24). Theophane fell to 39-7-1 (11).
Broner remains SecondsOut’s number six rated junior welterweight in the world, but his future is uncertain in the division and may return to welterweight.
On Saturday, April 2, at Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, Callum Smith blitzed Hadillah Mohoumadi in the first round of a super middleweight bout. The end came at 1:41 of the round. Smith improved his dossier to 19-0-0 (14). Mohoumadi crashed to 20-4-1 (15).
Smith climbed from ninth to sixth in the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings. The previously rated six through eight contenders each fell one ranking.
Also On the Move, Robert Easter Jr. climbed into the SecondsOut lightweight rankings for the first time. The rising American lightweight stopped Algenis Mendez in five rounds this weekend to claim the number nine ranking. Emiliano Marsili fell from ninth to tenth. Felix Verdejo fell out of the top ten.
Also On the Move, Miguel Roman climbed back into the SecondsOut rankings following an eighth round TKO over Juli Giner in Spain this weekend. Roman captured the tenth position in the SecondsOut super featherweight rankings. Edner Cherry fell out of the top ten to make room.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, April 10, 2016:
On Friday, April 8:
In Krylia Sovetov, Moscow, Russia, Eduard Troyanovsky versus Cesar Rene Cuenca in a twelve round IBF super lightweight title rematch
On Saturday, April 9:
At Auditoria Benito Juarez, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico, Juan Hernandez versus Luis Carillo in a ten round flyweight bout
At O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, Charles Martin versus Anthony Joshua in a twelve round IBF heavyweight title bout; Lee Selby versus Eric Hunter in a twelve round IBF featherweight title bout; Jamie McDonnell versus Juan Alberto Rosas in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout; George Groves versus David Brophy in a twelve round super middleweight bout
At MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley in a twelve round welterweight rubber match; Arthur Abraham versus Gilberto Ramirez in a twelve round WBO super middleweight title bout; Oscar Valdez versus Evgeny Gradovich in a ten round featherweight bout
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