Could We See A Michael Conlan v Daniel Roman Showdown In 2021?

Conlan v Roman is the other intriguing battle possible in the super bantamweight division

WBO contenders Michael Conlan and Daniel Roman
Michael Conlan (left), Daniel Roman

Conlan v Roman is the other intriguing battle possible in the super bantamweight division

On September 11, we will see a unification bout in the super bantamweight division between newly crowned WBC champion Brandon Figueroa and WBO World champ Stephen Fulton. While the WBC and WBO titles are currently held up and fans wait in anticipation for Figueroa v Fulton, what does that mean for the rest of the division? There are excellent fights that could still happen. One possibility would be a match between Michael Conlan (15-0, 8 KOs) and former unified IBF/WBA ‘Super’ World 122-pound champion Daniel Roman (29-3-1, 10 KOs). Conlan is ranked number one, and Roman is ranked number two at super bantamweight by the WBO.

Roman looked excellent during an easy unanimous decision win over Ricardo Espinoza Franco in May of 2021. On the other hand, Conlan had his share of difficulty squeezing out a majority decision win over Ionut Baluta in April of 2021.


Some may ask why Conlan would be interested when he is on the verge of a world title shot. He, nor his team, may not have a choice in the matter. With Fulton fighting Figueroa in September, Conlan would not fight for the WBO title until early 2022.

It is not outside the realm of possibility that the WBO orders a Michael Conlan v Daniel Roman match as a final world title eliminator. If they did, it is likely to happen either this summer or early fall. How about the scenario of that fight taking place as the chief undercard to Figueroa v Fulton? Neither Conlan nor Roman are afraid to stand in the pocket and fight. Both men have their liabilities as far as defense. On paper, the ingredients are there for a corker of a battle. Hardcore fans would be intrigued by the fight as well.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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