Danny Roman Stops Gavin McDonnell
In The Tenth, Remains WBA Champion
WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs)
successfully defended his world title for the third time by
stopping England's Gavin McDonnell (20-2-2, 5 KOs) in the
tenth round Saturday night from Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
Roman, 28, used his signature tight guard and consistent
pressure to overwhelm the taller and well-conditioned
McDonnell. The Los Angeles prize fighter came into the fight
with all the moment in the world, having rallied off 17
After opening up blood on McDonnell's nose in the fifth,
Roman stalked patiently in the sixth and landed a left hook
up stairs and left upper cut that shook McDonnell. The
combination would offer a precursor to the fight's
Prior to the head hunting, Roman softened him up with timely
body punching that opened up the windows to the head.
"I wanted to go to the body," said Roman after the fight.
"We needed to break him down."
By the tenth round, Roman was in cruise control on the
scorecards and sensed a knockout.
"The right hand landed early in the fight so we knew it was
going to be there," said Roman, who is represented by long
time promoter Thompson Boxing and new partner Matchroom
Boxing. "I just had to wait for the right time. It was there
in the tenth. I landed a strong right to his chin that
buckled him. I followed up with two left upper cuts and that
was it for him."
McDonnell ate canvas after the onslaught, but arose
clumsily, prompting referee Mark Nelson to call the fight at
the 2:36 mark.
Roman, always the fighter searching for the toughest fight,
closed his post-fight interview with a call to unify.
"I'll fight any of the other champions in this division,"
Roman said. "Let's make a unification fight. I want all the