Rolly: “This Ain’t A Shit-Talking Fight; I Got To Respect Barroso!”

Romero Doesn't Shy Away From Claims of Preferential Treatment

Rolando Romero faces off with Ismael Barroso
Rolando Romero faces off with Ismael Barroso

Rolly Romero Acknowledges Receiving Special Privileges in Landing Barroso Fight

Throughout his professional career, super lightweight fighter Rolando “Rolly” Romero (14-1, 12 KO’s) has been ridiculed for his questionable boxing skills. Most all fighters who are asked say he ranks among some of worst around. Nevertheless, Rolly has successfully talked himself into the very visible position that he is in today. In fact, his last fight was a lucrative pay-per-view showdown with Regular WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis. In his next battle, Romero will face Ismael Barroso (24-3-2, 22 KO’s) for the vacant WBA 140-pound title.


Understandably, many insiders and fans have taken issue with Rolly being granted back-to-back title fights. Especially since this is his first duel at super lightweight and he is coming in directly off of a loss. Frequently, lightweight boxer Ryan Garcia is raked across the coals for having the immense social media following that he enjoys. In his case however, Garcia can point to a lush amateur background that is completely absent for Romero. Unlike Garcia, Rolly’s aura and position have come to be through his verbal hustling and little else.

When at a recent presser for his upcoming showdown, when asked, Romero was not apologetic about his favorable opportunities. At the same time, Rolly was respectful of Ismael Barroso.

“I get special privileges, that’s all I can say! When you look as good as me, you get all the privileges that you want. 140-pounds – I’ll make the most popping division in boxing. You got to see this, its going to be many pay-per-view events and I’ll be involved in all of them!”

“This ain’t a shit-talking fight. I got to respect this man next to me because someone didn’t want to follow all the rules. That original fight had to fall out so I got to be grateful he is here.”

Obviously, if Romero is victorious in the fight, he will legitimately become a big player in the division. If that turns out to be the case, it’ll be intriguing to see how long he can maintain his status among the elite in the division. If he is unapologetically dusted and disgusted, it will only serve to reinforce the prevalent belief that he never should have reached these heights in the first place. Regardless of the outcome, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the news!

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