ORANGE, Calif. (April 22, 2019) – WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight World ChampionsDanny Roman and TJ Doheny square off this Friday night from The Forum in Los Angeles and streamed live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.
Roman, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Matchroom Boxing, offers his thoughts on the unification fight, his most memorable career moments, on returning to his hometown of Los Angeles, what he thinks of the fellow champion Doheny, and more in this brief Q&A.
Danny Roman (26-2-1 10KOs)
Unification fights are tough to finalize for a variety of reasons. Will a victory make you the best in the division, not just in your eyes, but in the viewpoints of the boxing community at large?
“I’ll leave that to the boxing public to figure out. I do know the best talents in the division are the champs and I’ve been very clear in my public requests to fight all of them. I don’t want to be the one to say that I’m the best. It’s just not in my nature. That stuff sorts itself out on its own. Doheny is a great champion so I have to get through him first before any talk of best in the division can happen. This is the fight that I’ve always wanted and people know that. The best fighting the best. That’s what people want to see.”
What about your boxing journey sticks out the most for you? Is it the early years when you were just trying to book a four rounder, your championship arrival, subsequent title defenses (now three successful and counting), or any other moments that make you realize what you’ve accomplished?
“There are a couple of moments. My first loss in 2011 was incredibly tough to handle. I was super young and just starting out. I had to quickly forget about it and just move on. It was easier said than done. Another time that is clear as day was my title eliminator with Adam Lopez in Atlantic City. Everyone favored him going in and nobody really gave me a chance except my team and my promoter. The fight was stopped in the ninth round because I basically used him as a punching bag. The other big moment was traveling to Japan and becoming a world champion. At that point, I had accomplished my dream and it’s a moment in time that will always be special for me.”
You’re fighting in the Los Angeles area for the first time since 2016. Prior to that, you were a staple at local boxing shows. How fulfilling is it to fight in your hometown with another title on the line?
“We’ve been traveling for a long time now. First the Atlantic City title eliminator and then we followed it up with two visits to Japan. After that it was Dallas and then Chicago. Since winning the world title in 2017, all my friends and family ask is when I’m going to be back in L.A. I’m going to have a bunch of fans in attendance. I’ll have a good amount of support in my corner. So yeah, I’m pretty pumped about fighting in backyard.”
Break down your opponent TJ Doheny.
“He’s a smart fighter. I saw him fight live so I know what he’s about. He knows how to use the ring. I have to watch out for his left hand. He knows how to move around so I might have to bring the fight to him, which is no problem for me. We have a plan in place and know how to adjust to different scenarios. We are well prepared like always.”
In its heyday, the Forum hosted many marquee fights and it recently has undergone a resurgence. What are your thoughts on potentially adding another storied chapter to this classic boxing venue?
“I grew up on those Forum fights so I’m familiar with the history. I actually always thought about one day fighting at the Forum, but boxing went away from the venue for awhile so I never thought I’d get the chance. It’s pretty crazy that I get to fight there and it’s even better since it’s a unification bout. I’m going to try to steal the show. Make it the fight of the night.”
For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com.
WBA champion Danny Roman at a recent training session in Los Angeles
WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman
On Friday night, Danny Roman defends his world title for the fourth time
DAZN film crews track a recent workout session from Danny Roman
WBA champion Danny Roman: “This is a fight you want to see. Champion against champion.”
WBA champion Danny Roman lands a right upper cut during a sparring round
Manager/trainer Eddie Gonzalez handles instructions between rounds
WBA champion Danny Roman lands a left upper cut while sparring
WBA champion Danny Roman goes by the nickname, “Baby Face Assassin”
WBA champion Danny Roman vs. IBF champion TJ Doheny this Friday, April 26 from the Forum in LA
San Bernardino County joins Topgolf to open Ontario location
There’s now one more reason why San Bernardino County is Southern California’s premier recreation and business destination.
International entertainment phenomenon Topgolf opened its first Southern California location in Ontario this morning in a deal with San Bernardino County that will create approximately 400 private-sector jobs, $625,000 in annual revenue to County Regional Parks, and an additional recreational opportunity for families and businesses throughout the county and the region.
“Topgolf will be an outstanding entertainment asset that will attract people from all over Southern California to San Bernardino County,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said this morning as Topgolf Ontario opened its doors to the public.
Hagman, whose Fourth District includes the Topgolf site adjacent to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, developed the idea to use 13.7 acres of County-owned land at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Archibald Avenue as a golf attraction more than five years ago. That led the County’s Real Estate Services Department to make contact with Topgolf.
“We are honored to be joining the San Bernardino County community as we open the doors to our newest venue to entertain the Inland Empire,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Artie Starrs. “We are very excited to welcome the community to a fun, energetic experience one can only get at Topgolf.”
What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has evolved into a best-in-class hospitality entertainment venue centered on a game that is accessible and appealing to all, regardless of skill or ability. The Topgolf technology-driven experience is centered on guests hitting patented, microchipped golf balls into targets on a field.
The open-air, three-level venue features 102 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-inspired signature menu items, top-shelf drinks, music, and year-round programming for all ages. The venue is equipped with an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space.
Topgolf has 75 venues in 31 U.S. states and international locations in Dubai, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.
“The Topgolf concept appeals to all ages, and everyone will benefit from the revenue that will be directed toward the betterment of the county’s Regional Parks system,” Hagman said.
Over the course of the initial 20-year ground lease between the County and Topgolf, the County will receive more than $625,000 in annual revenue, benefiting the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system, https://parks.sbcounty.gov/, which includes nine regional parks throughout the county and several other recreational attractions.
Those interested in joining the team at Topgolf can visit Topgolf’s career website.
For more information, including hours of operation and pricing, visit the Topgolf Ontario location page.
Mayweather Boxing and Fitness Announces Rancho Cucamonga Opening with Floyd Mayweather
The first location to open in the Inland Empire and San Bernardino Area
Mayweather Boxing and Fitness, a group fitness and boxing experience created by legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather-announced today the Grand Opening of its first Inland Empire/San Bernardino location in Rancho Cucamonga. Grand Opening activities include a red-carpet event and the opportunity to Train Like the Champ himself. The Studio will celebrate March 26th, 2022 at 8401 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The new boutique boxing studio brings the most effective group fitness experience on the market today, to the San Bernardino County/Inland Empire community. Mayweather Boxing + Fitness utilizes methods developed throughout Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated 21-year boxing career. Members partake in 45 and 60-minute classes consisting of boxing, weightlifting, body-weight exercises, and a variety of other dynamic fitness stations. State-of-the-art smart screen technology projects Floyd’s lessons throughout the duration of the class, giving the authentic feel of training alongside the legend himself. Members can track their process in class, through cutting-edge heart rate monitors with the help of Golden Standard coaches. Whether a former athlete, young professional, stay-at-home parent, or someone getting back into fitness, the Mayweather workout program is designed to help anyone burn up to 1,000 calories per class.
“The Mayweather Boxing + Fitness brand is known internationally and is growing rapidly. Our Rancho Cucamonga studio is a total transformation experience where community, health, commitment, discipline, and inspiration merge to produce 45 minutes that will change anyone’s life – guarantee!”, said Frank Oliver, franchisee.
Prior to opening, the Rancho Cucamonga studio has signed over 500 members and invites all members and guests to join regularly scheduled fitness classes on opening day with celebrity trainers, shop vendors, win giveaway prizes, and more.
For more information about Mayweather Boxing and Fitness Rancho Cucamonga email email@example.com, follow on Instagram @mayweatherfitranchocucamonga, visit the website https://mayweather.fit/rancho-cucamonga/ or call 909-520-6330.
Topgolf Expands California Footprint with First Greater Los Angeles Area Venue Opening in Ontario
Topgolf Ontario welcomes Guests from the Inland Empire area to signature Topgolf experience
Topgolf Entertainment Group, a modern day, technology-enabled entertainment company, is set to open its first Greater Los Angeles area venue on Friday, March 11.
Located off I-10 near Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Topgolf’s 75th global venue welcomes all communities in and around San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire to enjoy Topgolf’s signature, technology-driven multi-level entertainment experience players have grown to know and love.
“As a company focused on providing our players with an experience like no other, we are thrilled for the opportunity to connect with Greater Los Angeles,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Artie Starrs. “We are excited to invite the community to come play golf with us, with the fun and energetic experience that people of all ages can only get at Topgolf.”
The open-air, three-level venue will feature 102 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-inspired signature menu items, top-shelf drinks, music and year-round programming for all ages. The venue is equipped with an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space.
Beyond entertainment, Topgolf Ontario will employ approximately 400 Associates, further strengthening San Bernardino County’s economy. Those interested in joining the team at Topgolf can visit Topgolf’s career website.
Topgolf Ontario marks the third venue to serve the state of California alongside venues in San Jose and Roseville (Sacramento). Topgolf continues its Greater Los Angeles area expansion in early spring with the opening of its second Los Angeles-area venue in El Segundo. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and west of The 405, the El Segundo venue will have a similar 102 climate-controlled hitting bay design and will be fully equipped with Topgolf’s latest technology and a 10-hole green grass golf course.
“The energy and excitement for Topgolf in and around the Inland Empire is incredible,” Starrs added. “We are excited to finally open our doors to these communities and are looking forward to entertaining guests through the power of play.”
For more information, including hours of operation and pricing, visit the Topgolf Ontario location page.
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