SAN ANTONIO – Rolando Romero made Anthony Yigit pay Saturday evening, as promised.
A day after some extra weigh-in drama, the heavy-handed Romero remained unbeaten by stopping the absurdly chubby Swedish southpaw within the seventh spherical of what went ahead as a 140-pound bout on the Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano undercard at AT&T Middle. Las Vegas’ Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) dropped Yigit thrice – as soon as within the fifth spherical and twice throughout the seventh spherical – earlier than referee Rafael Ramos stopped their scheduled 12-rounder at 1:54 of the seventh spherical.
Yigit (24-2-1, 8 KOs) misplaced by technical knockout for the second time in eight years as a professional. Russia’s Ivan Baranchyk (20-2, 13 KOs), then the IBF junior welterweight champion, stopped Yigit after the seventh spherical of their World Boxing Tremendous Collection encounter in October 2018 in New Orleans.
Yigit unprofessionally got here in 5.2 kilos chubby Friday for what was alleged to be a 135-pound title struggle for Romero’s WBA interim light-weight championship. Romero got here in precisely on the contracted most of 135 kilos.
The 29-year-old Yigit had by no means weighed in at lower than 138½ kilos for an expert struggle, however the Stockholm resident agreed to satisfy Romero 3½ kilos decrease than that.
Yigit, who fought Saturday evening for the primary time in two years, changed an injured Austin Dulay as Romero’s opponent on lower than two weeks’ discover. Nashville’s Dulay (14-2, 10 KOs, 1 NC) withdrew from this bout on account of a knee damage.
Yigit fought courageously in opposition to a stronger puncher, however in the end was overpowered.
A brief, straight proper by Romero dumped Yigit to the canvas for the second time within the struggle, this time with 1:57 to go within the seventh spherical. Yigit acquired up shortly, solely to search out himself on the canvas once more after Romero shoved him down.
The motion didn’t final for much longer, as Romero blasted him with a right-left mixture that despatched a broken Yigit down and prompted Ramos to halt the motion.
Sensing Yigit was harm after dropping him towards the top of the fifth spherical, Romero attacked him in the beginning of the sixth spherical. Romero’s proper hand moved Yigit backward early within the sixth spherical.
Yigit drilled Romero with a straight left late within the sixth spherical, however Romero additionally related with a straight proper that acquired Yigit’s consideration.
Ramos warned Romero for tough techniques after he pushed Yigit to the canvas about 50 seconds into the fifth spherical. A straight left by Yigit backed Romero into the ropes later within the fifth spherical.
Romero’s left hook off a break made Yigit stumble backward with just below 30 seconds to go within the fifth spherical. Lower than 20 seconds later, Ramos deducted some extent from Romero for hitting Yigit when he referred to as for a break within the motion.
Unfazed, Romero landed a left-right mixture that despatched Yigit to the canvas simply earlier than the fifth spherical concluded. Yigit acquired up and survived to the sixth spherical.
A straight left hand by Yigit made Romero wince and again up about 25 seconds into the fourth spherical. A right-left-right mixture by Romero stopped Yigit from punching with just below 1:20 to go within the fourth spherical.
Romero landed a proper and Yigit related with a left nearly concurrently with roughly 40 seconds to go within the third spherical. A reduce opened beneath Yigit’s left eye earlier within the third spherical.
A straight left hand by Yigit knocked Romero off stability about 20 seconds into the second spherical, however that shot didn’t harm him. Romero’s proper hand caught Yigit and compelled him to maneuver away with just below 1:20 to go within the second spherical.
With simply over 30 seconds to go within the second spherical, an off-balance Romero blasted Yigit with a proper hand after Yigit related with a straight left.
Romero largely missed together with his energy photographs within the first spherical in opposition to an elusive Yigit, who was cautious in opposition to a superior puncher.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.