Rolly Romero will get a title shot in his first fight at the 140-pound limit.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Romero will challenge unbeaten WBA super lightweight champ Alberto Puello for the Dominican southpaw’s title at some point in April at a venue to be determined. Showtime is expected to televise the Puello-Romero match as the main event of a tripleheader.
Romero (14-1, 12 KOs) committed to moving up five pounds in weight following his sixth-round, technical-knockout loss to rival Gervonta Davis on May 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The North Las Vegas, Nevada native has boxed at or near the lightweight limit of 135 pounds throughout his six-year professional career.
The 27-year-old Romero led Davis on one scorecard entering the sixth round of their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event. Baltimore’s Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) was ahead according to judges Ron McNair (49-46) and Robin Taylor (48-47), but judge Kevin Morgan had Romero in front 48-47 through five rounds of action.
Davis dropped Romero with a well-timed left hand in the sixth round. Romero reached his feet in time to beat referee David Fields’ count, but Fields stopped their 12-round bout at 2:39 of the sixth round because he felt Romero was in no condition to continue.
Puello, meanwhile, will make the first defense of a WBA belt that he won almost six months ago in Hollywood, Florida.
The 28-year-old Puello edged Uzbekistan’s Batyr Akhmedov by 12-round split decision to win that title August 20 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Judges Benoit Roussel and Mark Streisand both scored Puello a 117-111 winner of what was a very closely contested fight. Judge Lisa Giampa scored that bout 115-113 for Akhmedov (9-2, 8 KOs).
Puello won a then-vacant WBA belt Josh Taylor relinquished last May because the unbeaten Scottish southpaw didn’t want to make a mandatory defense against Puello.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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