Welterweight Prospect Tony Roman In Action: Jeff Lacy vs Jermain Taylor Odds
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 14, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
Well regarded boxing promoter Henry Rivalta has a stacked card Wednesday November 19th at the Mahi Temple in Downtown Miami from Top Level Promotions. The main event will feature fast rising South Florida welterweight Ed Paredes, 20-2, 13 KO's. Paredes will face rough brawler Jessie Davis, 10-11, 7 KO's, in the 10-round main event. Paredes, 23, is a skull cracking Boxer\Puncher that could a get a shot at a major title soon. A future bout with local Seminole Warriors boxer Joel Julio, 34-2, 31 KO's would be a bombs away scrap that would be fun to see. Paredes has long arms and great leverage
on his punches. Ed likes to set up his opponents with his stiff left jab that has served him well. Behind the jab is a whistling, straight as an arrow right-hand bomb to either the head or body. While Paredes, is a relatively inexperienced boxer, he is very patient and calculating. The boxing betting odds for the Jeff Lacy vs Jermain Taylor fight has Taylor favored at 5-1.

On the undercard is welterweight Tony Roman, 7-0, 4 KO's, a power hitting amateur standout that will face an experienced veteran with a 16-6-2 record. I spoke with Roman's promoter and friend Henry Rivalta about the young prospect. "Tony had 250 amateur fights with a 244-6 record. His nickname is the Gladiator because he is in the gym 7 days per week. Tony had a rough upbringing. Tony's mom had him at a young age and he was raised by his aunt in the Dominican Republic. Tony is in South Florida to try and make ends meet for his star boxer wife and 5-year old daughter in the Dominican Republic. Tony is such a positive person that he even picks me up when I'm down sometimes. He is just an all-around great guy." Tony "The Gladiator" Roman is a very humble and positive person outside the ropes, but in the ring he is a terror. Tony is a clean living warrior that just loves to fight hard. Roman is known to be in the gym for over 6 hours at a time. That's a scary thought considering that Roman had a star amateur background and is still hungry. Tony Roman is in his prime and ready to face anybody that dares to get in the ring with him. Roman has an all-around boxing toolbox at his disposal that could make him a champ someday if he stays focused. Tony is a physically strong and aggressive natured fighter that likes to keep his opponents on the defensive. Roman is inexperienced in the pro's having boxed only 20 rounds but he is in his prime and supremely confident. The boxing betting odds for the Jeff Lacy vs Jermain Taylor fight are Taylor -550 to -600 on the MONEYLINE.

Also on the undercard is featherweight Kaito Ferguson of the Bahamas. Ferguson, 2-1-1, 1 KO, is the cousin of MMA star Kimbo Slice. Kaito is trained by the legendary New York trainer Milton LaCroix. While Feguson is still green, he recently fought a draw with John David Jackson trained fighter Vineash Rungea at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale 2 months ago. Ferguson clearly won the bout but was given a draw despite clearly winning 3 rounds and almost icing Rungea. LaCroix has put his stamp on Ferguson with his patented hands low style that has caused many to criticize him. Kaito has picked up the style quickly and has already employed Milton's old-school defensive moves. Shoulder rolls, slips, pulls, and lots of left hooks are all part of the Milton LaCroix's school of boxing. Ferguson is a left hooker himself with some pop in his right to boot. Kaito Ferguson has some nice footwork on the canvas. The one drawback that Ferguson showed in his last bout against Rungea was a tendency to smother his punches. Ferguson had Rungea out on his feet from a left hook but could not close the show because he smotherd his punches. Anyone that Milton LaCroix has trained has been successful so Ferguson is one to keep an eye on. Milton took Shannon Briggs from near obscurity to the heavyweight championship just 2 years ago. LaCroix has went almost unnoticed to the mainstream media but is a legend inside hardcore boxing circles. The boxing betting odds OVER\UNDER for the Jeff Lacy vs Jermain Taylor fight is at 10.5 rounds with the OVER at -155 to -165.

The Henry Rivalta Top Level Promotions event will feature a performance by local artist "Mr. 305" Pitbull who is known to bring out the ladies. The atmoshere at Top Level Promotions cards is exciting and usually filled with well matched bouts that fans can enjoy. Roman and Paredes are heavy-handed welterweights that could make an impact out of South Florida.

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