Rolando Romero vs. Ismael Barroso
Final Press Conference
Hard-hitting contender Rolando ďRollyĒ Romero and No. 1
contender Ismael Barroso previewed their showdown for the
vacant WBA Super Lightweight World Title at the final press
conference Thursday before they meet in the SHOWTIME main
event this Saturday, May 13 from The Chelsea inside The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas headlining a Premier Boxing
The press conference also featured fighters competing on the
undercard of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast.
Action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT will see former
two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy duel the
all-action Omar ďEl RelŠmpagoĒ Juarez in the 10-round super
lightweight co-main event, and super lightweight contenders
Batyr Akhmedov and Kenneth Sims Jr., facing off in a
12-round WBA Super Lightweight World Title Eliminator in the
Barroso stepped in on less than a monthís notice after
Alberto Puello, who previously held the WBA 140-pound title
that will be fought for on Saturday night, had been dropped
from the main event because of a failed VADA test.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather
Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and available
for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:
ďI think Barroso is actually a better fighter than Alberto
Puello, because he can actually crack. Any time youíre in a
fight with a puncher, you know itís gonna be difficult.
ďIím not underestimating him. I know he can hit and heís a
little tricky. He throws a good straight left that comes out
of nowhere that heís been getting guys with. So Iím
definitely not underestimating him.
ďIím going to make 140-pounds the most popping division in
boxing. I see many pay-per-view events and Iím involved in
all of them.
ďThe only thing that I learned from the Gervonta Davis fight
is that I need to be patient. Patience is everything in
ďEveryone can expect to see ĎRollyí with the world title
around his waist Saturday night. Every fighter that boxes
dreams of becoming world champion, so it would be a dream
ďI do like trash talking, but this isnít a trash talking
fight. I have to respect this man next to me. Someone didnít
want to follow all the rules, so I have to be grateful
Barroso is here.
ďThis is the beginning of the ĎRollyí show again. Itís gonna
ďIím churning with the same intensity that I had 10 years
ago. Youíre going to see that hunger and power in the ring.
Iím bringing my best.
ďIím the number one contender and I got the opportunity that
I deserve. I know some people thought they were left behind,
but thatís not for me to worry about. ĎRollyí is here to
take advantage of his opportunity, so good for him.
ďPeople who know me, know that Iím a warrior. ĎRollyí is a
warrior too. So if youíre tuning into this fight on Saturday
night, youíre going to see a battle between two fighters who
are very eager to become world champion. That means
ďWinning the title would be another blessing and a great
source of happiness. Itís something that Iíve strived for my
whole career and it would be the culmination of everything
that Iíve trained for my entire life.
ďThe lesson Iím here to show is that it doesnít matter how
many times you fall down, you have to keep getting up and
battling every single moment. Because dreams can come true.
Keep striving for whatever you want, no matter how old you
ďIím well aware that Iím fighting a hungry young lion, but I
had a great training camp with my team. We studied him
really well and youíre going to see me come out on top on
ďThe goal is to be able to make history as the first Cuban
fighter to win titles in three divisions. Thatís what
propels me to wake up in the morning and continue chasing
this dream Iíve had for years.
ďI donít feel on the decline at all. I feel renewed. I have
an outstanding team around me thatís allowed me to reach my
peak once again. I feel like Iím more dangerous than ever. I
have to prove it on Saturday.
ďIf you gave me a choice between fighting for a title or a
rematch with Gary Antuanne Russell, I think I would take the
rematch with Russell.
ďStyles make fights and our styles mesh up perfectly. Tune
in to this fight because itís going to be fireworks in the
ďIím ready. I had the best training camp of my career so
far. Iím excited to display all my dedication on Saturday
ďI have experience too, but at the end of the day, weíre
both putting it all on the line. Weíll see whoís tougher
when the bell rings.
ďEveryone is going to see that Iím the hardest worker in the
room. Itís been like that ever since I started fighting, and
Iím ready to display it on Saturday night.
ďAt the end of the day, I want to be great. I have a lot of
respect for Rances, but heís just in my way. I have to fight
the best in order to be the best. This is a big win that Iím
looking forward to getting.
ďWeíre fighters and we adapt. Iím ready for whatever my
opponent brings to the table. No matter what Rances does,
Iím going to be ready.
ďThis is gonna be an action packed fight with two amazing
fighters and hard workers. Make sure you tune in, because
all of these fights are going to be awesome.Ē
ďIím very happy to be back with this fight. It definitely
bothers me what happened since my fight against Alberto
Puello. Of course, I want to be fighting for the title, but
it is what it is. I took this fight one month after that
Puello fight, and now weíre here fighting a tough contender.
ďThis is a tough fight and Iím happy to be here. I have big
opportunities in front of me, and itís up to me to go get
ďItís hard to know what will happen, but I do believe the
winner of this fight should face the winner of the main
event. Weíre two top ranked contenders and the winner should
be next. All I can control is doing my best to become the
ďI feel like Iím a two-time world champion already, but I
havenít got the belt. I know the people appreciate my style
and what I do in the ring. I know that Iíve earned being in
the main event. But now I do believe that I have a tougher
fight in front of me and all I can do is prove what I
deserve on Saturday.
ďI have to do my best to leave no doubt. Iím going to do my
best every single round to win as brightly as possible and
make sure there are zero doubts."
KENNETH SIMS JR.
ďThis fight is super important to me. Everyone here knows
that a couple of years ago, I wasnít in this conversation. I
donít ever want to leave this conversation again. In order
for that to happen, I have to take care of business on
ďIíve been extremely focused for the last two years. Iím not
a young pup anymore. Iíve got more that Iím fighting for.
Iím not just fighting for myself. Iím prepared to do
whatever I have to do in the ring to get the win and keep my
ďThere have been a lot of things that have changed with me
over the last couple of years. Honestly, I didnít know what
I was doing in the first phase of my career. I was just in
there and fighting off straight athletic ability. I never
applied what I actually know.
ďNow Iíve got a great team around me and Iíve learned a lot
about myself. Whether itís nutrition or strength and
conditioning, I didnít really have that in the first phase
of my pro career. Now I have a real team around me and itís
ďWhen I say Iím ready for whatever, I mean it. No matter
what I have to do. If boxing isnít working, I can fight. Iím
not scared of a fight.
ďI think Batyr should be world champion right now and I
believe that the winner of this fight should get to fight
for the title.Ē