Rolando Romero vs. Ismael Barroso, photo by Esther Lin
According to the WBA, yes. According to most others, no.
Doubtful is the word to describe his “title winner” over Ismael Barroso.
But wait. WHY did Romero fight for the title at all?
Wasn’t he knocked out in his last fight?
The answer is yes.
Funny, but not according to Romero.
“I’m Rolly,” he told ESPN. “I have special privileges Rolly. I’m sorry I’m getting the title… but I’m also definitely one of the most entertaining boxers in the sport. you don’t want to give me title fights, don’t watch my fights.”
His second shot came Saturday night in Sin City.
Speaking of falling, Romero went down in the third round. His performance was below par.
In round nine, Barroso was on the floor not from a punch, but from a push. Seconds later, referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight, despite Barroso defending and rebounding.
“I think stopping the fight was an injustice,” Barroso said. “I’ve had better shots. This was the emphasis on the first knockdown. It wasn’t a big blow or anything. The referee just stopped the fight and said nothing. You can see it clearly. I hit him. It wasn’t clear what he hit me with. I don’t understand why they stopped fighting.”
Veteran referee Weeks did not comment. Probably never will.
Barroso led all cards by 78-73, 77-74 and 76-75.
Terrifying. Weeks screwed it up.
Boxing loves shooting itself in the foot, but the target is getting higher and the fans have had enough.
Correct the ship, otherwise it will eventually sink.