Top lightweight prospect Jose Roman (15-1-1, 11 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. signed an exclusive promotional contract with Thompson Boxing Promotions in the fall of 2013.
“Roman is a known commodity in the boxing industry,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “He is a knockout artist with boxing skills and he already has a solid following. We will keep him busy and we expect big things from him in 2014 and beyond.”
“I’m excited for this opportunity and anxious to get back in the ring,” said the 25-year-old Roman. “It feels great to have the backing of such a well respected promotional company and I look forward to making my Thompson debut in November.”
Roman, who is built like a welterweight but fights in the lightweight division, started his professional career blazing hot, scoring eleven knockouts in his first 14 fights. A technical draw against Javier Garcia and a close split decision loss to Robert Osiobe have slowed his momentum, but Roman believes those speed bumps are well behind him.
“Boxers always face adversity and as long you learn from your experiences, you become a better boxer,” Roman said. “I have a great team in place now that will help me get to the places I want to get.”
Roman is trained by the highly respected Joel Diaz and managed by Bay Area-based attorney Steven Martini. Roman is unlike many lightweights in that he is nearly six feet tall and has very little trouble cutting down to the 135-pound lightweight limit.
“I’ve always had a fast metabolism and an excellent ability for long distance running,” said Roman, who as a freshman in high school was the No. 2 ranked cross country runner in Orange County. “When I ran cross country I was able to run three miles in 16 minutes. I ultimately had to give that up to focus more on boxing.”
“Everyone knows that Roman is a strong, aggressive boxer that has numerous knockout punches, but what gets lost in all the analysis is his lung capacity,” said Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing. “It’s practically impossible for Roman to get tired and that will serve him well once he graduates to ten and twelve round fights.
"There is a lot of talent in Southern California and Roman is probably at the top of that list, we are proud he came to us and we will do our best to make this KO artist a star." "El Gato is fun to watch, has great stamina, and is preparing well to have a busy schedule as we move him towards his main goal: to be a world champion."
Roman showed why he is considered one of the division’s brightest talents by picking apart the hard-hitting Hector Miguel Zuniga of Tijuana, Mex., on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Roman won a six-round unanimous decision with scores 60-53, 60-53 and 58-55.
Roman was able to fight on the inside and out with equal ease, and, in the fourth, he connected with a right hook that put Zuniga on his wallet. Roman displayed superior hand speed, excellent instincts and savvy defense. His most effective combination, a double left hook to the head and body, landed flush more often than not. Roman threw such tight and sharp left hooks that Zuniga rarely saw them coming.
“That’s one of my go to punches,” said Roman, who fought for the first time as a Thompson Boxing Promotions fighter. “The left hook to the body is such a great equalizer because it tends to stop a forward punching boxer dead in his tracks.”
After boxing, Roman plans to re-enroll at California State University, Fullerton to complete his B.S. degree in Biochemistry.
15-1-1, 11 KOs
6 0 / 183cm