Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) is confident heading into his first title defense of his WBA light-welterweight belt against 135-pounder Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz (25-2-1, 17 KOs) on March 30th on Amazon Prime PPV.
The WBA isn’t insisting that Rolly defend against his mandatory Ismael Barroso yet, but if he gets past Cruz, they likely will.
Rolly’s promoters at Mayweather Promotions better hope he can get past Pitbull Cruz without any problems because this is not a big-money fight for him.
Rolando could have fought Ryan Garcia in a headliner clash on PPV but opted to face Pitbull in an undercard slot.
If Rolly loses to Cruz, it will be devasting for him, as he will have lost his bargaining chip to lure Ryan or Teofimo Lopez into fighting him. Without the WBA belt, Rolly’s 15 minutes of fame will be over.
No Respect for Cruz’s Style
“I’ve got a massive fight lined up, and it’s going to be an entertaining fight. We’re going to shoot Amazon Prime to the moon,” said Rolly when asked if he has big things planned for 2024.
The Rolly vs. Cruz fight should be interesting, as long as we don’t see another controversial stoppage like in Rolando’s last clash against Barroso last May.
“There’s no need to even study [Pitbull Cruz]. He does the same stuff and comes forward,” said Rolly. “Come forward, haymaker over here, haymaker over here, and haymaker over here. I’m moving up to welterweight soon.
Shots Fired at Ryan Garcia
“I said, ‘I’m going to go fight Pitbull.’ It’s a big fight, it’s a massive fight, and it’s more difficult. It’s a better fight for boxing. He [Ryan Garcia] was still Tweeting up until the day I announced it. Then he said, ‘My bad. I was misfed information.’ Where were you getting your information?” said Rolly.
“Amazon Prime. It’s the biggest platform in the entire world and what a better opportunity in the rollout that you’ve got Rolly show,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.
“Rolly is going to go out there and show the fans why he’s arguably in top two or three biggest punchers in the entire sport.”