Via Brian Webber: Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero will play this Saturday, May 13, against Ismael Barroso on Showtimes during the vacant WBA lightweight title match at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas. Event starts at 9:00 p.m. ET live on Showtime.
To be fair, if Rolly lost to Barroso, his career would go up in smoke, and he would end up as a reliable fighter.
Rolly (14-1, 12 KOs) was scheduled to challenge Alberto Puello for the 140 lb WBA title. However, he tested positive for banned substances and has since been replaced by Venezuelan boxer Barroso (24-3-2, 22 KOs), 1st place with the World Boxing Association.
WHEN IS ROMERO VS. BARROSO? DAY, TIME STARTS
- Date: Saturday, May 13
- Start time: 9pm ET / 2am BST
- Main event detour (approx.): 11pm ET / 4am BST
- Showtime will broadcast the war in America
- The fight will take place in The Chelsea at Las Vegas’ The Cosmopolitan.
- The main pass is set to kick off at 9pm ET / 2am BST with the main event performance rounds scheduled for 11pm ET / 4am BST .
It’s an important fight to win for 28-year-old Rolly as he’s about to lose to Gervonta Davis in the sixth round in May 2022 and he can’t lose Saturday to Barroso.
Barroso has won his last four games, three by knockout, since being stopped by Batyr Akhmedov in 2018. His other two losses were against Isa Chaniev and Anthony Crolla.
Barroso is arguably more dangerous to Rolly than Puello, as he is a bigger puncher and has the knockdown power to capitalize on his leaky defense. If Rolly fights as aggressively as he did with Tank Davis, Barroso will easily take him down on Saturday night.
Rolly confidently wins Barroso
“I will win. I’m going to perform in front of all my people. This will be my first time fighting in Vegas in over three years. I’m so excited to be back in my hometown,” Rolly Romero told Sports show time about his fight with 40-year-old Barroso this Saturday.
“I have a lot of respect for Barroso for being in this fight and giving me the chance to win the title. He punches harder than Puello. I think he is harder because he can crack. Anyone can jailbreak the auto is an uphill fight because now you have to really watch.
“If last time you made a mistake with someone [Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis] who can crack. I won’t make that mistake again. No, it won’t go far, but if it does, who cares? I know on May 13 I will be world champion.
“No, I don’t feel like I need that,” Rolly said when asked if he thought he needed a knock to beat Barroso. “I want to show people what I did last year. To make 140 the biggest pay-per-view division available,” Rolando said when asked what his light-weight fighting goals are.
Rolando’s goal for 140
“There is nothing better than turning 140 into 1 to share happiness because 140 is boring. Throughout history, it has been boring a lot, especially in the last 15 years. It was really boring. There’s not much going on at 140, and I think I’m the one to make it the most interesting division out there.
“I think there are more interesting matches at 140 than Josh Taylor and Regis [Prograis] which will actually sell. That game, I made a mistake, but I know why I made that mistake,” Rolly said of the sixth-round knockout loss to Gervonta Davis last May in New York.
“What’s more important is that my body is no longer there. I shouldn’t be at 135 anymore. I’ve been trying to move on for a long time. More than anything, I joined a little too hard, and I cracked. My body didn’t recover in time.
“Do I feel I can continue? I feel like I could have moved on. I’m glad I got out of that category because I’ve been trying to advance for a while. I want to fight him [Tank Davis] at 140 because I knew I was past 135 long ago.
“It was a one-sided war. He hits the box really well,” Rolly said when asked about his thoughts on the Gervonta vs Ryan Garcia match.
ROMERO VS. BARROSO CARD
- Rolando Romero versus Ismael Barroso; Super light
- Botirzhon Akhmedov vs Kenneth Sims Jr; Super light
- Rances Barthelemy versus Omar Juarez; Super light
- Esteuri Metiver Suero vs. Starling Castillo; Super light
- Michael Angeletti vs. Michell Banquez; chicken class
- Chavez Barrientes versus Juan Centeno; super bantamweight
- Angel Barrientes versus Sharone Carter; super bantamweight
- Justin Viloria vs. Pedro Pinillo; Super light
- David A. Whitmire versus Javier Vargas; light middleweight
- Yojanler Martinez vs Dario Guerrero-Meneses; super average