Fighter of the Week: Rolly Romero

On a weekend that what was given the moniker of undisputed weekend but ended up failing to crown any undisputed champion. When Charlo and Castano fought to a very disputed draw in San Antonio, Texas. However, one man was able to make a definitive statement and remove all doubt. Rolando “Rolly” Romero, of Las Vegas, Nevada, faced the biggest test of his young but blossoming career and put forth the best performance of that young career. In destroying former world title challenger Anthony Yigit of Sweden. Romero scored a dominant and one-sided seventh-round TKO of the Swede, captured the WBA interim Lightweight title, captured our Fighter of the Week award, and put himself in the discussion for the Tank Davis fight, later in 2021. 

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Rolly Romero, talks a lot, A LOT! His two most recent performances gave fight fans mixed results, his decision victory over Jackson Marinez, a fight most thought he lost, left a lot to be desired. Then the win over Avery Sparrow changed the minds of many and was a physically dominant and brutal TKO victory. Fans wanted to see which was the real Rolly and if he could back up all the talking. He did just that. In what was a rough and ugly fight at moments that included the Las Vegas native throwing the Swede down to the canvas in the fifth and was deducted a point for blatantly hitting on the break and then seconds later as the bell was about to sound to end the fifth, Romero loaded up and delivered a sweeping left that dropped Yigit like a ton of bricks. Yigit made it to his feet and was allowed to continue since the fifth round was over. The former world title challenger was able to survive the sixth but that writing was already on the wall. In the seventh, Yigit hit the canvas again from a Romero right hand and again made it to his feet. Moments later, Romero hit Yigit with a left sending him crashing down to the canvas for a third and final time. Securing the victory for the American who moved his record to 14-0 (12).

Rolando Romero scores dominant seventh round knockout of Anthony Yigit -  The Ring

Romero destroyed a southpaw who has competed for a world title in the Jr Welterweight division. Perhaps this was a trial run to see how he would do against another 140-Pound world champion. Gervonta “Tank” Davis holds the world title at 130,135 and 140 and could realistically fight Rolly next at either 135 or 140. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said that Tank will not be campaigning at 140. So a Davis/Romero fight would likely take place at the 135-pound division. However, Rolly has certainly entered the discussion to score the mega-fight and massive payday that goes along with fighting the multi-division world champ and PPV star that is Tank Davis. If the fight is not made a scrap with Michele Rivera or Rances Barthelemy both fight on the PBC side of the street and would make for another interesting step up fight for Romero. 

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