Danny Roman at Omega

Danny Roman at Omega

By David A. Avila

It’s become a summer tradition for Thompson Boxing Promotions to hold a boxing event outdoors in the city of Corona. An unexpected side effect has been introducing future world champions.

Who will be the next future world champion to perform at this venue?

Danny Roman (19-2-1) defends the NABA super bantamweight title against savvy veteran Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1) on Friday Aug. 26, at Omega Products International. It’s a venue owned by Ken Thompson who also heads Thompson Boxing.

In the past, a gaggle of future world champions performed at the outdoor venue that holds about 1,200 fans. At the time they were usually unknown and unheralded. But after fighting at Omega Products International they all busted out toward better world class feats.

Former super lightweight and welterweight world titlist Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley fought five times at the outdoor venue including his pro debut. It’s where fans first got a glimpse at the Palm Springs fighter with lightning reflexes and a big heart.

In Bradley’s fifth fight at Omega he fought little known Miguel Vazquez of Mexico and defeated him by decision in a remarkable display of boxing. Vazquez had lost only one time prior to their meeting and that was to current Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Vazquez would go on to win the WBC lightweight world title and defend it six consecutive times.

Another to appear at Omega was Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov who fought and defeated Riverside’s Jose Reynoso in 2012 before winning the world title a year later.

Colombia’s Yonnhy Perez fought there twice under the Thompson Boxing banner before fighting and winning the bantamweight world title in 2009.

Female world champions also stepped inside the boxing ring at Omega. Riverside’s only world champion Sindy Amador twice fought there. First, in 2012 when she defeated another world champion Carina Moreno. Later she made a successful defense of her IFBA flyweight world title against Anahi Sanchez in 2014. It was Amador’s last pro fight before retiring.

Others have passed through that later fought for world titles such as Riverside’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera, South Korea’s Ji-Hoon Kim and Mira Loma’s Carlos “El Elegante” Bojorquez. All would prove themselves world title worthy at Omega.

Roman, 26, seeks to be the next future world champion to set foot on the Omega boxing ring and has been training with world champions Leo Santa Cruz and Jhonatan “Momo” Romero in preparation for his showdown with Quevedo.

“It's always fun to go up against some of the best. Romero is tall for the division so it was great to see someone with that much skill and reach. Santa Cruz has active hands and never slows down,” said Roman who lives in L.A. “The only thing I can control is my preparation for every fight. I take this sport very seriously. Anyone that's seen my workouts knows I don't take days off. I don't cheat drills.”

Omega Products International never seems to cheat fans from providing the best proving ground for future world champions.

For tickets and information call (714) 935-0900, Doors open at 6:30 p.m.