Rolando Romero better known as “Rollies” to his family and peers, was born and raised in North Las Vegas, and recalls witnessing poverty and going to sleep to the sounds gun shots in his neighborhood as a child. He was raised by his mother and father, who he still has a close relationship with. The Romero family has been blessed with fighting abilities. Romero’s father, a well-respected boxer out of Cuba and former three-time national champion and his sister is also a former seven-time national Judo champion. Romero began his fighting career at age nine, when he started learning Judo. After a few years he decided it was time to move onto something different. His father had encouraged his son to pick up the gloves for years, and finally he did when he was 18. Romero 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. From the age of 18 until 20 he trained in Las Vegas sparring anyone he could and training with the best. After knocking out many of 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 and most well equipped fighters in the fight game helped transition him from a kid with power-punching abilities, to an elite amateur fighter.
Romero began his amateur career in 2013. He was faced with the first major challenge of his amateur career when he went to compete in the Olympic trials in 2015. He recalls a nasty robbery, placing third, and unable to move forward in the trials. Romero returned to his hometown of Las Vegas and went back to training. An independent decision was made by Romero to begin sparring at The Mayweather Boxing Club with hopes of getting noticed and possibly signed.
Despite having a short amateur career with only 45 fights Romero gained the attention of Floyd Mayweather and was signed to Mayweather Promotions in November 2016, and he 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 1:11 into the fight. He has gone on to earn 6 more victories, with 5 coming by way of KO since his pro debut.
The knockout artist looks ahead and remains focused, mentally and physically, as he prepares to challenge the top contenders of the lightweight division.