Two consistent bluechip talents in the lower weight divisions look to do battle on Charlo/Derevyanchenko’s PPV undercard. Former Unified Super-Bantamweight Titlist 🇺🇸Danny “Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (27-3-1, 10KO) is looking to deliver a statement rebound performance against former decorated Olympian/former Bantamweight Titlist 🇩🇴Juan Carlos Payano from the Dominican Republic.
Payano has been a class act since entering the pro ranks in 2010. Getting some professional experience under his belt, he faced and unseated long-reigning Titlist 🇵🇦Anselmo Moreno as a World Titlist, winning the WBA Bantamweight belt, ending Anselmo’s 12 defense World Title reign.
Payano has only lost to the best in his career, losing his title to fellow amateur Champion 🇺🇸Rau’Shee Warren (whom he also had a victory over in their first fight), enigmatic talented former Titlist 🇲🇽Luis Neri, and getting eviscerated from a deadly 1-2 combination against 🇯🇵Naoya “Monster” Inoue one minute into their fight. He moves up a division to take another step up challenge, and at the age of 36, this one is meaningful for his career prospects going forward.
Danny Roman came up the old school way, with mixed results from the onset, learning while inside of the ropes. He would then hit his stride in 2014, winning 19 fights in a row, including against 🇯🇵Shun Kubo to win his first title (WBA strap). He defended his title 4 times, and became a unified titlist when he defeated 🇮🇪🇦🇺TJ Doheny, to bridge WBA and IBF Super-Bantamweight World Titles together.
He would finally meet his match however when he met supremely gifted Uzbekistan Olympian 🥉🇺🇿Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev. Showing a wide array of skills, he soundly defeated Roman despite the Split-Decision verdict to become Unified Champion, tying 🥇🇺🇸Leon Spinks record for doing so in the least amount of fights (this was Akhmadaliev’s 8th contest). Fresh off the loss, the 30 year old Roman doesn’t want the world to forget about him, as can be customary with boxing these days, as out of sight becomes out of mind. It will be either Roman or Payano that puts himself back in the thick of things, and one may likely fall to the backburner.