Rolando Romero better known as “Rollies” to his family and peers, began his amateur career four short years ago. Romero’s father, a well-respected fighter out of Cuba and former three-time national champion encouraged his son to pick up the gloves for years, but it wasn’t until he turned 18 that he began taking boxing serious. Despite Romero having only 45 amateur fights with 9 losses, before gaining the attention of Floyd Mayweather and getting signed to Mayweather Promotions in November 2016.
Born and raised in North Las Vegas, Romero recalls witnessing poverty and going to sleep to the sounds gun shots in his neighborhood. He was raised by his father, who he has an extremely close relationship with and considers his mother to be his best friend. The Romero family has been blessed with fighting abilities. His sister is also a former seven-time national Judo champion. Romero began his fighting career at age nine, when he started fighting Judo. After beating everyone he faced he decided it was time to move onto something different. This is when he picked up the gloves and began boxing, he trained at Johnny Tocco’s Gym where he met Cromwell Gordon Bullet, a local trainer who would later go on to become his trainer alongside his father. Romero already knew he had power stemming from his father. From the age of 18 until 20 Romero trained religiously in Las Vegas sparring anyone he could and training with the best. After knocking out all his opponents in sparring, his father decided it was time to take him to Cuba to find some competition. Cuba’s reputation for birthing some of the best most well equipped fighters in the fight game helped transition him from a kid with power-punching abilities to an elite amateur fighter.
After extensive training and developing new skills, to fighting all over the world in amateur competitions, Rolando was faced with the first major challenge of his career when he went on to compete in the Olympic trials in 2015. After what Romero recalls a nasty robbery, he placed third, unable to move forward in the trials. Back in his hometown of Las Vegas, Romero remained hungry and went back to training and sparring, which is right around the time he believed he caught a break. Romero made an independent decision to begin sparring at The Mayweather Boxing Club to get noticed and possibly signed. Weeks later, after being inside the gym every day and beating out a lot of the guys, he caught the eye of Floyd Mayweather.
Romero was signed in November of last year, and made his professional debut on the Mayweather Promotions Sin City Showdown card on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sam’s Town Live against David Courtney, resulting in a TKO after one minute and eleven seconds. Romero looks ahead and remains focused, mentally and physically, as he believes this year will be a breakout year to showcase his talents.