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O’Shaquie Foster-Miguel Roman: 130-pound contenders are seeking triumph after tragedy

O’Shaquie Foster-Miguel Roman: one hundred thirty-pound contenders are seeking for triumph after tragedy

Foster (appropriate) takes it to Jon Fernadez.
via Francisco Salazar

Thursday’s clash between O’Shaquie Foster and Miguel ‘Mickey’ Roman is greater than only a crossroads bout. it is one more possibility for both fighters, each and every of whom has overcome tragedy and or a drawback of their very own lives, to make respectable.

The Foster-Roman winner will inch closer to a world title shot with a decisive win at the Wild Card gymnasium in Hollywood, California. the ten-circular bout will headline an NBC sports network telecast (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).

At Wednesday’s weigh-in, Foster got here in at the junior lightweight restrict of a hundred thirty kilos. Roman, who is rated No. 9 with the aid of The Ring at junior lightweight, weighed 129.5.

Thursday’s card will mark the debut of “Ring city u . s . a .”, a new boxing broadcast and content platform. This might be the first of a few telecasts on the NBC sports network with a view to take area on Thursdays all the way through 2021. “Ring metropolis country” will work with a number of promoters, together with DiBella entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions, Mexico-based mostly Promociones del Pueblo and global Boxing Stars.

Foster (17-2, 10 knockouts), who now resides in Houston, Texas, ultimate fought on December 5, defeating Puerto Rico’s Alberto Mercado through unanimous determination. He has now gained his ultimate seven bouts for the reason that losing via cut up-resolution to Ronald Chinea in July 2016.

A win over Roman would legitimize the 27-12 months-historic as an exceptional contender, a miles cry from where his career was across the time of the Chinea loss. four days before that battle, Jimmy Franks, a cousin of Foster, died after getting shot within the head in their native land of Orange, discovered east of Houston. Eight months after the loss, Foster spent four months in penitentiary following an aggravated assault conviction.

After his release, Foster decided to move to Houston, where he all started working with longtime coach Bobby Benton.

Following many personal tragedies, together with dropping his mother to melanoma at the age of 12, the fighter now finds himself in an excellent vicinity.

“I’ve acquired ice water in my veins,” noted Foster, who’s promoted with the aid of Lou DiBella. “I’m right here to shock the area and reveal I’m right here to reside.”

unior lightweight Miguel "Mickey" Roman (left) vs. Orlando Salido. Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO Boxing

Miguel Roman (left) vs. Orlando Salido. photograph with the aid of Ed Mulholland/ HBO Boxing

Roman (sixty two-13, forty seven KOs) has no longer fought in view that defeating former junior bantamweight titleholder Tomas Rojas on September 7 of remaining yr. He has won his closing two bouts in view that losing through knockout to WBC junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt in November 2018.

A win over Foster may herald a fourth world title problem in a profession that all started in 2003.

simply two years into that profession, tragedy struck the Roman household backyard their domestic within the Primero de Septiembre regional of Ciudad Juarez. His brother become shot and killed in yet yet another act of gang violence that has plagued the city on the U.S.-Mexico border.

while some believe his foremost days are at the back of him, Roman is assured that he can get the job completed and notch a win over Foster.

“We defeated our first rival of combat week, which is the dimensions,” observed Roman, who is promoted by way of Promociones del Pueblo. “We look ahead to the following day when we are able to win the combat.”

A conflict between lightweights from Mexico will open the telecast as William Zepeda (21-0, 19 KOs) of San Mateo Atenco will face Tijuana’s Roberto Ramirez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) in a ten-circular bout.

Zepeda weighed one hundred thirty five pounds, whereas Ramirez weighed 134.

Francisco A. Salazar may also be reached by way of e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing

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