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Miguel Roman knocks out Michel Marcano in two, Miguel Berchelt up next

Fighters Network

Miguel ‘Mickey’ Roman made quick of Michel Marcano, stopping him in two rounds Saturday night at the Feria de Juarez in his hometown of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Roman, the WBC junior lightweight mandatory challenger, had little trouble with his opponent who entered the bout unbeaten but had faced inferior opposition in his home country of Venezuela.

Marcano (17-1-1, 14 knockouts) was wary of Roman’s punching power from the opening bell, choosing to fight at a distance, however, he was warned for use of the head and forearms on the inside.

In the second round, Roman closed the distance and exerted more pressure. Late in that session, a well-placed left hook to the body dropped Marcano to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:35 by referee Edward Collantes.

Roman (60-12, 47 KOs), who is ranked No. 6 by THE RING at 130 pounds, has won his last four bouts since a knockout loss to Takashi Miura on Jan. 28 of last year.

Several hundred miles south, WBC titleholder Miguel Berchelt also saw action on Saturday night, easily dispatching Jonathan Barros in the third round of a voluntary title defense.

A Berchelt-Roman bout is likely to take place in Mexico or the U.S. sometime this fall.

Junior bantamweight Diana Fernandez, also of Ciudad Juarez, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Olga Julio (26-18-2, 19 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 97-94, and 97-93 for Fernandez who improves to 18-2, 4 KOs.


Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing


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