Daniel Roman 23-2-1 9KO’s did it the hard way; beating everyone in his path and fighting in front of small ballroom crowds in southern California, Roman climbed the rankings to an unlikely world title shot and impressed the world of boxing.
Roman traveled to Japan to face Shun Kubo 12-1 9KO’s with as little fanfare and media attention as ever and destroyed the new Japanese champion in nine rounds of a one sided beating. Aggression and thudding body punches wilted the game Kubo until Roman dropped him in the seventh and eigth rounds. In the ninth round Roman landed another barrage of punches sending Kubo across the ring, forcing the referee to jump in and save the Japanese fighter from himself.
“I said before the fight that I didn’t intend for this to go to the judges,” Roman said. “The plan was to knock him out and take the WBA title in dominating fashion.”
“Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now,” Roman said after the fight. “It’s a dream come true.”
“We’re incredibly proud of Danny Roman,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “In our eyes, Danny is the ultimate champion. He never backs down from a challenge and tonight he showed that he belongs among the best in the 122-pound division.”
“We never had any doubt that Danny would win the WBA title,” said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing Promotions. “He looked unbelievable against Kubo. We believe his best years are still ahead of him. That’s a scary thought for the rest of the champions in this division.”