Super bantamweight Danny Roman (12-2-1, 5 KOs) recently took in a world-class boxing lesson, courtesy of three, intense sparring sessions totaling sixteen rounds against none other than two-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz.
"Defensively, Leo was spectacular," said Roman, who fights the veteran Giovanni Caro in Friday's 8-round "Locked n' Loaded" co-main event from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. "Half way through our first sparring session, it finally hit me. I'm going at it with a world champion.
"I was excited, but not anxious. I learned how to keep my distance, but still be active. Leo can pour it on basically whenever he wants. I learned a lot and it definitely was a confidence booster."
The 24-year-old Roman lives and trains in Los Angeles and has been feverishly preparing for his toughest fight to date. Caro (23-14-4, 19 KOs) is far more experienced than Roman, and has a frustrating style to adjust to.
"Caro likes to charge at you," said Roman, who signed with Thompson Boxing earlier this year. "We won't be standing in the same place for very long. The key is to move into areas that we like and go from there. It's going to be a tough fight, but one that I can win."
Roman is coming off an 8-round unanimous decision win in March in which he dropped Miguel Tamayo in rounds four and six. He likes to work off his jab and hit the body early and often. Trained and managed by Eddie Gonzalez, Roman is beginning to hit his stride as a professional.
"Roman is starting to learn how to control the pace of a fight," Gonzalez said. "It's something that we've been working on. He knows how to time opponents now better than before, and he's starting to change the complexion of a fight by landing more combinations."
Roman-Caro precedes the "Locked n' Loaded" main event, which features lightweight standout Jose Roman (19-1-1, 13 KOs) against Martin Cardona (18-4, 13 KOs).
Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900, or online at www.ThompsonBoxing.com.
Save the Date
After "Locked n' Loaded," Thompson Boxing celebrates its Fifteenth Year Anniversary with a star-studded event on Friday, May 29, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Leading the show is the fast-rising, undefeated junior welterweight stud Giovani Santillan. Also, all-action super bantamweights Efrain Esquivias, Juan Reyes, Danny Roman, and Jonathan Arellano, plus the veteran Chris Martin returns. A formal announcement will be released soon.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.
"Locked n' Loaded" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.