Danny Roman Makes Third Defense of WBA Title
On October 6th Against Gavin McDonnell!
(August 9th) Danny Roman (25-2-1, 9 KOs), the current WBA super bantamweight champion, will defend his crown against the No. 4 ranked challenger in Gavin McDonnell (20-1-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday, Oct. 6 from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
The 12-round world title clash was formally announced today at a Chicago press conference. The championship fight will be available for viewing via DAZN, a live and on-demand streaming service that will make its U.S. debut in September.
Roman, 28, will defend his championship for the third time since winning the title in a ninth round knockout over Shun Kubo last September.
"This is another great opportunity to show everyone that I am the best in this division," said Roman, who entered into a co-promotional deal with long time promoter Thompson Boxing and new partner Matchroom Boxing in July. "I'm excited to get in the ring with a quality boxer such as McDonnell. I think our styles are going to make for a tremendous fight."
"Danny is making good on his promise to only fight the best," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. "He aspires to be considered the top boxer in what is a talented division. He's already looked incredible in his first two title defenses and we expect another dominating win against the always tough McDonnell on October 6."
The Los Angeles-based Roman already has two successful title defenses on the year, while England's McDonnell has won four in a row since losing to current WBC belt holder Rey Vargas in a vacant world title fight back in early 2017.
"This is a tremendous world title fight for our first show on DAZN in the U.S.," said promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. "Danny won his title in brilliant style on the road in Japan against Shun Kubo and was fantastic in both his first defense back in Japan against Ryo Matsumoto and his second against Moises Flores in Texas. I want the world to see just how talented this guy is, and we have a great fight for him to do so."
Tickets for "Worlds Collide" are priced at $40, $60, $100, & $200 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com.
Worlds Collide Chicago Presser!
(August 8th) Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing USA are delighted to confirm the line-up for the first American show live on DAZN at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on October 6.
World-rated Welterweight and former two-weight World champion Jessie Vargas headlines the bill as he targets World honours in a third weigh class, and Vargas’ journey to that goal starts against former World Super-Lightweight World title challenger Thomas Dulorme, the Puerto Rican looking to derail the Las Vegas man’s ambitions at 147lbs.
Two great World title battles feature in the Windy City as crunching Russian puncher Artur Beterbiev defends his IBF World Light-Heavyweight strap against Briton Callum Johnson. Beterbiev has a perfect record of 12-0 with all wins coming via KO, but Johnson is an unbeaten feared puncher himself, having destroyed British champion Frank Buglioni inside a round of their clash in London in March – his 12th KO from 17 wins, pointing to this clash being one that promises to be a ferocious shootout.
Classy WBA World Super-Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman defends his crown for the third time against Britain’s Gavin McDonnell. Roman won his title on the road in Japan in brilliant style with a stoppage win over Shun Kobo and was fantastic in both his first defence back in Japan against Ryo Matsumoto and his second against Moises Flores in California. The Californian is hunting unification clashes but will need to be at his best once again against McDonnell, the Doncaster ace having his second crack World honours having learnt so much in his majority decision loss against WBC champion Rey Vargas in February 2017 – making for a fascinating clash that could catch fire and steal the show.
Heavyweight boxing is as hot as it’s ever been right now, and Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller is right in the mix for the big fights. ‘Big Baby’ is looking to add win number 22 to his slate and force himself into the conversation at the top table, and the man in his way is Poland’s Tomasz Adamek, the former two-weight World champion who picked up and defended the Polish title in his last two fights in his homeland.
Along with these World stars, Chicago fight fans will be able to back two of their own on the night, with former World Lightweight title challenger Jessica McCaskill in action on the bill along with unbeaten Bantamweight prospect Shawn Simpson.