Rising super bantamweight talent Danny Roman (14-2-1, 5 KOs) stars in Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “Locked n’ Loaded” 10-round main event against the battle tested Daniel Ortega (27-9-1, 15 KOs) this Friday, July 24, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Roman, who is from the Southern California suburb of Garden Grove, will try to get his hands on the vacant NABA Super Bantamweight Title.
Winner of seven straight, Roman has been dismantling opponents with his savvy boxing skills. He’s already won three times this year, with the wins coming against well-respected veterans Chris Martin (May), Giovanni Caro (April), and Miguel Tamayo (March).
Perhaps the most impressive of those victories came against the San Diego-based Martin. The landslide points victory solidified Roman’s reputation as a young force in the hyper-competitive super bantamweight division.
“A lot of people were wondering why we would take a chance against such an experienced boxer in Martin,” said the 25-year-old Los Angeles native. “But we weren’t worried at all. I need fights like these for people to see what I can do.”
Ortega, Friday’s opponent, follows the same narrative of Roman’s previous three fights – seasoned veteran with knockout ability. If Roman hopes to continue his win streak that dates back to last year, he’ll have to carefully study Ortega in the opening rounds. The 10-round fight is also the first of Roman’s career.
“Ortega has a lot of experience so I’m sure he’s going to show me different looks,” Roman said. “It’s up to me to figure him out quickly and make some damage.”
In the co-feature, Isaac Zarate (11-1-1, 1 KO), another talented super bantamweight from the Los Angeles area, takes on Jesus Serrano (7-2-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico in an 8-round fight. Zarate has won four straight and is just starting to come into his own as a boxer.
“I’ve been improving with every fight,” said Zarate, a southpaw. “I like to start fast and give the fans at the Doubletree a great performance.”
Other action on the card includes an 8-round fight between welterweights Hector Serrano (18-3, 6 KOs) and Miguel Zuniga (13-6, 8 KOs).
Featherweight Jose Haro (9-1-1, 6 KOs) looks for a win against Jair Quintero (4-5-2) (6-rounds). Also, local lightweight Erick Ituarte (10-1-1, 2 KOs) finds himself in his own 6-round fight with Pedro Lopez (4-1, 1 KO).
Opening the “Locked n’ Loaded” show are flyweights Javier Lapizco (7-1, 2 KOs) and Luis Almendarez (3-3).