Rolando Romero’s opponent pulls out with an injury
Well it seems that interim WBA World lightweight champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero (13-0, 11 KO’s) has a dilemma. With just over a week to fight night his opponent, Austin “The Dream” Dulay (14-2, 10 KO’s), has pulled out of their July 17 bout. Dulay cited a knee injury as the reason for abandoning the bout.
Of course, Romero is seething with anger and disappointment. At this point there is no official word on whether a replacement can be found or if Rolly will simply miss the date. As is usually the case, the hard-hitting Las Vegas native is highly skeptical of The Dream’s claims. For his money, the injury is simply a thinly veiled coward’s way out of the dustup. In accordance with his personality, the verbose Rolly was all too happy to share this opinion via his social media.
PUSH IT BACK!
For his part, Dulay is rather upset about the situation himself. Ranked #12 (WBA), the Tennessee boxer was looking forward to testing his might against Romero. Whether it’s bluster or sincere, The Dream also took to his social media to try to push the fight back. Let him tell it, his injury is legitimate and if given the time, he’d love to dust Rolly off at a later date.
Dulay is one fight removed from his second professional loss to Diego Magdaleno which he suffered on February 15, 2020. The defeat to Magdaleno was by way of unanimous decision whereas his first pro loss, to Chris Colbert, was by stoppage. Ironically, Chris Colbert just fought Tugstsogt Nyambayar who was brought in on roughly a week’s notice because Colbert’s original foe pulled out due to injury.
A win over Romero would have gone a long way in launching the PBC fighter higher up in the WBA rankings. Yet, for the time being it would appear that Dulay has simply missed out on a great opportunity. In the meantime however, we will just have to wait and see what happens with Romero on July 17.
By: Bakari Simpson