Is WBA Super-Light Weight Champion Rolly Romero Fit to Return Following Long Lay-Off?

Published 01/08/2024, 1:09 AM EST

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After securing a win against Oscar Duarte, Ryan Garcia wanted a shot at the 140-pound WBA title, targeting Rolly Romero. However, just when it looked like the two would end up fighting, Garcia changed his target to the former undisputed champion Devin Haney. However, in another crazy turn of events Garcia once again switched his target to Romero recently.

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The two are now looking to make the fight. Notably, Romero has been out of the ring for more than 6 months now and he blamed his hand injury for his inactivity. He was supposed to face Ohara Davies originally, however, due to his injury, he has been given time and now and might face Ismael Barroso. Moreover, many boxers don’t believe Romero’s injury to be true.

Rolly Romero received an injury exemption last year

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In August last year, in a ruling by the WBA Championships Committee, Rolando Romero was granted a 72-hour window to submit crucial medical records for an exemption. This exemption was vital for him to defend his WBA junior welterweight title against the then-mandatory challenger Ohara Davies.

In September, the WBA Medical Committee accepted all records submitted by Romero, allowing him to keep his junior welterweight title. The ruling came with a condition: Romero must defend his title by March 20th  against the mandatory challenger or he has to vacate it. Rolly must face Ismael Barroso now since the Venezuelan won against Ohara Davies to secure the WBA (interim) title.

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The former mandatory opponent Ohara Davies talked about Romero’s injury recently. He told BoxingScene, “He’s not injured. It just seems like he’s not in the gym.” Davies perceives Romero’s erratic tweets as signs of mental instability. He added, “But I think with Rolly, I think he’s just a genuinely dumb kid. He’s just a stupid person. He’s got no sense.

Not only that, other boxers too don’t believe that Rolly Romero is actually injured.

Rolly Romero’s injury raises some suspicions

Months have passed, and Rolando Romero shows no intention of returning to the boxing ring anytime soon. In May, achieving a lifelong dream, the Las Vegas native, known as ‘Rolly,’ secured the vacant WBA Super Lightweight World Title. This significant accomplishment came through a ninth-round TKO against the formidable No. 1 contender, Ismael Barroso.

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When asked about his inactivity, Romero replied, “I haven’t even thought about getting back in the ring yet. I’m just taking my time now.” Moreover, his potential opponent Ryan Garcia had also voiced his remarks on the injury. He said, “I don’t know if you have a real injury or not, but he’ll answer.” Besides Garcia, even Davies’ coach Will Jones is skeptical about the matter. In a conversation with Boxing Scene, he said, “He’s not injured.” 

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So there are a lot of people who don’t believe the story behind Romero’s injury. Even Romero talked about having some time off the boxing, however not because of his injury. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments section.

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