Danny Roman Makes Third Defense Of WBA
Title On Oct. 6 Against Gavin McDonnell
Danny Roman (25-2-1, 9 KOs), the current WBA super
bantamweight champion, will defend his crown against the No.
4 ranked challenger in Gavin McDonnell (20-1-2, 5 KOs) on
Saturday, Oct. 6 from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
The 12-round world title clash was formally announced today
at a Chicago press conference. The championship fight will
be available for viewing via DAZN, a live and on-demand
streaming service that will make its U.S. debut in
Roman, 28, will defend his championship for the third time
since winning the title in a ninth round knockout over Shun
Kubo last September.
"This is another great opportunity to show everyone that I
am the best in this division," said Roman, who entered into
a co-promotional deal with long time promoter Thompson
Boxing and new partner Matchroom Boxing in July. "I'm
excited to get in the ring with a quality boxer such as
McDonnell. I think our styles are going to make for a
"Danny is making good on his promise to only fight the
best," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. "He
aspires to be considered the top boxer in what is a talented
division. He's already looked incredible in his first two
title defenses and we expect another dominating win against
the always tough McDonnell on October 6."
The Los Angeles-based Roman already has two successful title
defenses on the year, while England's McDonnell has won four
in a row since losing to current WBC belt holder Rey Vargas
in a vacant world title fight back in early 2017.
"This is a tremendous world title fight for our first show
on DAZN in the U.S.," said promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom
Boxing. "Danny won his title in brilliant style on the road
in Japan against Shun Kubo and was fantastic in both his
first defense back in Japan against Ryo Matsumoto and his
second against Moises Flores in Texas. I want the world to
see just how talented this guy is, and we have a great fight
for him to do so."