NABA Champion Danny Roman enters next week’s title defense well prepared, as he recently spent time in the gym with big names such as Leo Santa Cruz and Jhonatan Romero.
Roman, a super bantamweight from Los Angeles, defends his NABA Title for the fourth time against Enrique Quevedo, next Friday, Aug. 26. The 10-round “New Blood” main event originates from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.
Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.
You recently sparred with big names such as Leo Santa Cruz and Jhonatan Romero. How did you fare in those environments?
“The sparring sessions were competitive. It confirmed what I knew all along, that I belong with the elite names in this sport. It’s always fun to go up against some of the best. Romero is tall for the division so it was great to see someone with that much skill and reach. Santa Cruz has active hands and never slows down. He’s been able to maintain his hand speed as he’s moved up in weight, which is a tough thing to do.”
What are your thoughts on next Friday’s opponent, Mexico’s Enrique Quevedo?
“Quevedo is a tough boxer. He doesn’t back down against anyone and he’s always in excellent shape. We’ve both beat Chris Martin, who is a savvy boxer-puncher. It’s going to be a good, tough fight, one that I’m ready for. There’s no doubt I’m going to beat him.”
You currently sit at number eight on the WBA rankings. You’ll be defending your NABA title for the fourth time. A big fight could conceivably arrive in the near future. How do you stay focused on what’s in front of you?
“The only thing I can control is my preparation for every fight. I take this sport very seriously. Anyone that’s seen my workouts knows I don’t take days off. I don’t cheat drills. The rankings and the big fights will be there for me if I continue to win. That’s all that matters.”
Over the last two to three years, we’ve seen you put together an impressive winning streak (11), win a regional title, and enter the world rankings – What helped you reach this point?
“We stay true to what works for us. After every fight, we look for improvements in everything we do. We go over the video and make the necessary adjustments. Every round is scrutinized. It sounds redundant, but there’s always room for improvement and we try to get better with every fight.”
In the co-feature, heavyweight knockout sensation LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) looks to extend his unbeaten, KO winning streak against Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) of Mexico (8-rounds).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Omega Products Events Center is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.