The great opportunity to become world champion has arrived for Nazarena Romero. Next Friday, June 9, the Argentinean will challenge the current super bantamweight division champion, the Venezuelan Mayerlin Rivas, in the main event of the World Boxing Association’s KO Drugs International Festival, to be held at the Buenos Aires Casino in the Argentinean capital.
“This opportunity represents everything for me,” said Romero, or “Capricho”, as he has become known in the boxing arena. “It’s very important. I always wanted it, I always wished for it, and now it has come my way. It represents a before and after for me, for my career and for my family.”
Undefeated in 13 appearances, “Capricho” Romero will try to confirm the ascending rhythm of her career. Today she is the WBA Fedelatin champion of the category, but she has already been close to the elite when, in December 2020, she won the interim world championship. To overcome what will be her biggest challenge, she will have to beat the Venezuelan Rivas, who comes to the event for her second defense of the super bantamweight world title. Her record: 17 wins, 11 of them by knockout, 4 losses and two draws in 23 appearances.
“When I became a professional,” Romero says, “I looked at who was in my category and there was her (Mayerlin Rivas). Since then I knew that if I wanted to be world champion I had to beat her”.
Romero’s last presentation at the end of April was resolved without complications, dispatching Julieta Inés Cardoso in three rounds in Córdova, Argentina. That was her first defense of the WBA Fedelatin belt.
“I would have preferred that fight not to have been made, but it was. But it suits me. I always take everything well and positively.
Romero is today number one in the WBA ranking, and to try to dethrone Rivas, she will bet on the power that has allowed her to win seven fights by KO.
“I think she has me very well studied and she’s going to wait for me to attack her to see where I make the mistake and counterpunch me. I’m guessing she’s going to do that. But I have a lot of tools, so it’s going to be a tough, sharp fight. My prediction is that it’s going to be a great fight, that it’s going to be very good and that the one who deserves it is going to win,” she said.
The WBA KO Drugs International Boxing Festival will turn Buenos Aires into the world capital of boxing this June 8 and 9.
The fight between Mayerlin Rivas and Nazarena Romero will headline the card, and on the 10 there will be the world flyweight eliminator between Venezuela’s Carlos Cañizales and Cuba’s Daniel Matellón.
Both fights will be broadcasted by TyC Sports, through its channels TyC Sports and TyC Sports Play, in its “Boxeo de Primera” series, while the worldwide subscription platform DAZN will rebroadcast the Rivas-Romero fight.