Daniel Roman to face Erik Ruiz on Friday
Daniel Roman has put together consecutive wins over the last two years. The accomplishment has not gone unnoticed as the WBA has rewarded the Garden Grove, Calif. resident with a world ranking (No. 15) at junior featherweight.
Roman will fight Erik Ruiz this Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The 10-round bout will top a Thompson Boxing Promotions card.
After winning six bouts in a row after his first career loss (a split decision to Takashi Okada in July of 2011), Roman suffered a setback in Oct. of 2013 when he dropped a close, eight-round unanimous decision to Juan Reyes.
Roman (16-2-1, 5 knockouts) has won eight bouts in a row since the Reyes loss.
In his last bout on July 24, Roman won a one-sided, 10-round decision over Daniel Noriega. In his previous fight, Roman scored his most impressive win to date, sweeping former fringe contender Christopher Martin over eight rounds.
Ruiz (14-3, 6 KOs) has faced the better opposition, including his two losses this year. The Oxnard, Calif. resident has lost by decision to Jessie Magdaleno and Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila, both of whom are unbeaten.
In his last bout on Aug. 21, Ruiz, who is trained by Robert Garcia, won a six-round, split decision over Fernando Fuentes in nearby Corona.
In the co-feature bout, unbeaten junior welterweight Giovanni Santillan will fight Ernesto Ortiz in an eight-round bout.
Santillan, who hails from San Diego, stopped Eduardo Rivera in the first round in his last bout on Feb. 20. The 21-year-old Ortiz has lost two of his last three bouts.
Juan Reyes will fight Jose Haro in an eight-round, featherweight bout.
Three more bouts round out the card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.