Unified junior featherweight titleholder Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) has officially be pulled from his upcoming September 13th title defense against Murodjon Akhmadaliev, set to take place at Madison Square Garden. ESPN reports that Roman, 29, suffered a shoulder injury during a sparring session, with the fighter now awaiting the results of an MRI exam.
Following the injury Roman was given some time off of training to recover and received acupuncture treatment, only to have the shoulder flare right back up just a couple of days later. But obviously the injury and pain is sufficient enough that they’re pulling the plug on Roman now, even before the MRI results are made known.
Roman’s manger, Eddie Gonzalez, had this to say on Roman’s status:
“We’ll get a definite answer on Tuesday from the surgeon to know if he’s going to have surgery or not. They’re saying it’s a partial tear,” said Gonzalez, who mentioned that his fighter will be seeing Dr. Richard Rogachefsky.
“He has no strength in his shoulder,” Gonzalez said. “He can’t exercise, he can’t spar, he can’t fight, bottom line.”
Roman won his WBA junior featherweight title by stopping Shun Kubo back in 2017. He then most recently unified 122lb titles by grabbing the IBF belt with a majority decision win over TJ Doheny this past April.