Danny Roman vs Gavin McDonnell Preview Oct. 6th
Danny Roman of Los Angeles, California will be defending his WBA Super Bantamweight Title for the third time when he faces of against England’s Gavin McDonnell at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago this Saturday, October 6th. The 12-round bout can be seen in North America on DAZN. Roman won the title via a ninth-round stoppage over Shun Kubo last September then defended it by unanimous decision over Ryo Matsumoto in February. He then beat Moises Flores by unanimous decision in June. McDonnell’s last outing was also in June when he beat Stuart Hall by unanimous decision.
Roman vs McDonnell Betting Odds
- Gavin McDonnell +245
- Daniel Roman -285
Roman is 28-years-old and has a record of 25-2-1 along with 9 Kos. He stands just over 5-feet-5-inches tall with a reach of 67.5 inches. He turned pro back in 2010 and has 177 rounds of experience since then. He’s not known as a heavy hitter which is evident by his current knockout ratio of just 32 per cent. Roman’s two losses came against Juan Reyes by eight-round unanimous decision in 2013 and to Takashi Okada by a four-round split decision in 2011. His draw was a four-round affair with Jensen Ramirez in his second pro fight in 2011.
Since turning pro after a 45-9 amateur career, Roman also won the vacant WBA-NABA Super Bantamweight Title in 2015 when be beat Daniel Noriega by a 10-round unanimous decision and then defended it four times. Roman’s biggest wins have been over Flores, Matsumoto, Kubo, Erik Ruiz, Adam Lopez, Marlon Olea and Ramiro Robles. He hasn’t really taken on the best of the division, but has handled his job well, entertained the fans and is currently riding a 17-fight winning streak.
The 32-year-old McDonnell of Doncaster has already had a title shot when he took on Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title in February of 2017, but he dropped a majority decision in Hull England. He enters the ring with a record of 20-1-2 with 5 Kos. His biggest wins have been against Scott Gladwin, Gamal Yafai, Leigh Wood, Oleksandr Yegorov, Jorge Sanchez, Vusi Malinga, Dean Anderson, Paul Econmides and Jeremy Parodi while his two draws came against Josh Wale and Ryan McNicol.
From reading the above list of opponents you’ve probably guessed by now that McDonnell hasn’t really been fed a steady diet of Grade A boxers, McDonnell turned pro back in 2010 and has 181 rounds under his belt since. His reach is currently unlisted, but he has a four-inch edge in height as he’s just about 5-feet-10-inches tall. Like Roman, he doesn’t possess much in the way of power and his current knockout ratio is just 22 per cent. This lack of heavy fists could be a key factor in the fight as McDonnell may have a hard time keeping Roman off of him, unless he uses his size advantage.
McDonnell is a good boxer and has won several regional and minor titles, but he isn’t really world class material like his twin brother Jamie. Roman, may not be an elite boxer either, but his energetic style has seen him become a world champion and he’s determined to hold onto his belt. McDonnell’s relative lack of top-notch competition won’t do him an favours and I think Roman will simply outwork him, likely over all 12 rounds.
Roman’s a bit too good for McDonnell at the moment.
Play: Roman -285 @ BetOnline.ag
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