Rolly Romero Fight Result: Rolly Beats Barroso By KO



Rolly Romero Fight Result: Rolly Beats Barroso By KO

Rolly Romero is a character in the sport, and he spurs buzz. He did so Saturday in Vegas versus Ismael Barroso, inside the Cosmopolitan facility in Las Vegas. But it was the ref, one Tony Weeks, who stole the show, not in a good way.

The finish came in round nine. Ref Weeks stood out conspicuously, and his actions will spur chatter for days/weeks/months.

Barroso lands on Rolly

Rolando Romero vs Ismael Barroso, photo by Esther Lin. Barroso was up on all three cards at the time of the halt

The end: Barroso looked tired, but not in severe danger.

Romero (14-1 entering), age 27, whacked the 40 year old late sub with a bush-league knockdown in that round.

Then Rolly followed up with flailing. He mostly missed four punches, Barroso landed a clean shot, and Tony Weeks “rescued” the Venezuelan.

People are calling it the worst stoppage they ever have seen.

Rolly Romero Said No, Barroso Was Truly Hurt

Rolly said to Jim Grey after that he thought Barroso should have been allowed to fight on.

—They watched the ending, Rolly said the first punch really hurt him.

—Barroso called the stoppage ill advised. “We don’t  understand.”

Tony Weeks after Rolly shoved Barroso to the mat in round three of their May 13 bout

Rolando Romero vs Ismael Barroso, aka The Night of Tony Weeks (Esther Lin pic)

—Ref Weeks refused to face the cameras, as did a Nevada commissioner.

Barroso sent Rolly to the mat in the third, and no, Romero wasn’t making anyone crave a Gervonta rematch before or after that.

Rolly looked patient, but at times too patient. He said he wants a Ryan Garcia fight if Tank isn’t free.

“I think it was an injustice to stop the fight,” said Barroso to Grey. He was, by the way, a late replacement for Alberto Puello, who previously held the WBA 140-pound title, had been stripped because of a failed PED test.

“I was landing the better shots,” the “loser” said. “It was a push on the first knockdown. It wasn’t a big blow or anything.

“The referee just stopped the fight, and he didn’t say anything. You can see it clearly. I’m the one who’s hitting him. There was nothing clear that he hit me with. I don’t understand why they stopped the fight.”

Barthelemy Wins Support Tussle

Rances Barthelemy, age 37, came in off a stoppage loss to Gary A Russell. Foe Omar Juarez entered having won three straight.

Rances Barthelemy wins on May 13

Rances looked ok, but yeah, he got the W. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing

The battlers went ten rounds, with Rance being the victor. He won a MD, but most watching thought he kinda coasted to the triumph.

Rances Barthelemy wins on May 13

Lots of boos were heard at the call by Jimmy Lennon.

Show Opener A Grade A Scrap

Batyr Akhmedov (331) and Chicagoan Kenneth Sims Jr (309) combined to land the most punches in a fight in this year, to this point.

Sims got the W, a majority decision, with one judge calling the superb 140 Lb match a draw.
Punch stats for the Kenneth Sims Jr win over Batyr Akhmedov

The scrap started the Showtime slate before the Rolly Romero fight, and set a high bar.

Kenneth Sims Jr exultant after winning Showtime opener

Batyr Akhmedov vs Kenneth Sims Jr, pic by Esther Lin. Both men competed ferociously

I thought on Twitter it would be a draw.

I agree with Sims getting the hand raised.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.