By Dan Ambrose: Errol Spence Jr reacted with laughter this week when told of Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero saying he’s coming for him at 147 and is going to take him out.
Spence says that the “old man,” 40-year-old Ismael Barroso, “was on his a**” and he was on his way to losing to him when referee Tony Weeks suddenly jumped in and stopped the fight in the ninth round, saving Rolando from an inevitable loss.
Spence says Rolly (15-1, 13 KOs) needs to do the right thing by giving Barroso a rematch because the outcome was too controversial for him to walk away with that ‘win.’
What made things worse is Rolly captured the vacant WBA light welterweight title with his victory over Barroso, making some boxing fans feel that it was a robbery to save the more marketable fighter Romero from losing.
At the time of the stoppage, Barroso (24-4-2, 22 KOs) was ahead on all three of the judges’ scorecards by the scores:
“He’s a nut. He almost lost to that old man [Ismael Barroso]; he needs to rematch him. The ref really helped him out. That old man was on his a**. I was like, ‘He’s going to lose to somebody’s grandfather,'” said Errol Spence Jr to Showtime commentator Brian Custer’s YouTube channel.
Spence doesn’t take Rolly seriously as someone worthy of fighting, and Rolando only has himself to blame. If Rolly did the right thing by giving Barroso a rematch and beat him fair & square, he’d potentially have a chance of getting a fight against Spence.
It wouldn’t be a good chance, but if Rolly looked good and the fight with Barroso brought in big ratings, it’s possible that Spence might entertain the idea of facing him after he gets through with his two contests against Terence Crawford this year.
Rolly, 28, has said nothing about giving Barroso a rematch, as he’s now planning on fighting Ryan Garcia next on Showtime pay-per-view.
Interestingly, Ryan is all for the idea and wants to make the fight happen with Rolly despite the black cloud of controversy that will taint their event if it comes off.
Ryan obviously sees it as his best chance of capturing a world title at 140 because the odds of him beating the other champions are slim.
If Ryan had more self-confidence, he’d fight IBF light welterweight champion Subriel Matias or WBC champ Regis Prograis for their belts. Ryaan could quickly get a title shot against either of those champions without having to earn the opportunity like regular contenders.