Miami Herald boxing article by Santos Perez on Tony Roman.
Miami’s Tony Roman still undefeated
Posted on Thu, Nov. 20, 2008
BY SANTOS A. PEREZ
The pounding on the canvas to signal the final 10 seconds of his fight allowed Tony Roman for a brief celebratory shuffle.
Roman had reason to celebrate. This Dominican Republic native and Miami resident won a unanimous decision over Alexis Division in the main event of Wednesday night’s card at the Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium.
The victory earned Roman, in his first year of professional boxing, a regional junior-middleweight title. ”It is a great feeling. I worked very hard for this victory,” said Roman, who improved to 8-0.
Roman solidified the victory when he dropped Division with a short right to the head late in the sixth round for the fight’s only knockdown. ”I thought I had him finished at that point, but the bell was able to save him,” Roman said.
After an uneventful first round, as both fighters looked for openings, the pace intensified in the second. Roman scored with left jabs to the head and rights to the body.
Despite a height and reach advantage, Division could not offset Roman with distance-maintaining jabs. Instead, Roman connected frequently with left jabs to the head.
Earlier, Boca Raton resident Eric Leander barely broke a sweat with a 31-second, first-round knockout over Derek Walker.
Leander (5-0, 4 KOs) charged at Walker immediately after the opening bell and pressed the action. As soon as he found his opening, Leander knocked Walker out cold with a straight right and a left hook to the head.
In other bouts: Featherweight Daniel Lorenzana won by unanimous decision over Kato Ferguson; junior-middleweight Jean Carlos Prada won by split decision over Akilles Adnan; middleweights Omar Coffi and Angel Martinez fought to a draw.