José Roman (boxer)

José "King" Roman (born December 17, 1946) is a Puerto Rican former boxer who was Puerto Rico's first world heavyweight championship challenger. He is known as "Joe King Roman."[1] He holds notable victories over Manuel Ramos and ex-Light Heavyweight champion Vicente Rondon.

Jose Roman
Statistics
Real nameJose Roman
Nickname(s)King
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityPuerto Rican
Born (1946-12-17) December 17, 1946 (age 75)
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights85
Wins53
Wins by KO27
Losses27
Draws4
No contests1

Pro careerEdit

In Roman's early career, he achieved mixed results. He defeated people like Jack O'Halloran and Chuck Wepner but lost to Jack Bodell. After the Bodell loss, Roman had a win-streak, defeating O'Halloran once again and besting Manuel Ramos. He lost to Robie Harris but put together a streak of wins before fighting George Foreman.

Foreman FightEdit

In late August 1973, he travelled to Tokyo, Japan to challenge world Heavyweight champion George Foreman, losing by a knockout in the first round there on September 1. Roman's corner protested that he was hit by Foreman while Roman was down, although no action was taken on this complaint. Even though he lost, he made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican to challenge for the world's Heavyweight championship. The only fellow Puerto Ricans to challenge for the heavyweight championship are Ossie Ocasio, Fres Oquendo and John Ruiz, who later became the first Latino to hold a version of the heavyweight championship.[2]

AfterwardsEdit

Roman took held a win over former WBA world Light Heavyweight champion Vicente Rondon just after the Foreman fight, his first win afterwards. In 1975 he lost to Mike Quarry and later in the year he began a series of losses. He lost seven times, notably losing to Jimmy Young. Roman was defeated by Boone Kirkman afterwards, in 1977, but never achieved a notable fight afterwards, having a mixed record.

RetirementEdit

Roman retired in 1981 with a record of 54 wins, 27 losses and 4 draws, with 27 knockout wins. He used to work at a Sweetbay Supermarket in Tampa, Florida. Ossie Ocasio and Fres Oquendo also challenged for the world's heavyweight championship, both are also from Puerto Rico. Ruiz was born in the USA of Puerto Rican ancestry.[3]

Professional boxing recordEdit

86 fights 54 wins 27 losses
By knockout 27 11
By decision 27 16
Draws 4
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
87 Loss 54–27–4 (1)   Tony Severance KO 5 March 19, 1981   Tampa, Florida
86 Loss 54–26–4 (1)   Alfio Righetti KO 2 November 10, 1978   Milan, Lombardy
85 Loss 54–25–4 (1)   Glenn Morgan TKO 7 August 10, 1978   Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
82 Loss 54–24–4 (1)   Ibar Arrington TKO 8 June 20, 1978   Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
81 Win 54–23–4 (1)   George Jerome TKO 8 May 23, 1978   Bellingham, Washington
80 Loss 53–23–4 (1)   Walter E. Moore, Jr. UD 10 April 28, 1978   International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
79 Draw 53–22–4 (1)   Levi Forte PTS 10 March 17, 1978   War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
78 Loss 53–22–3 (1)   Bobby Lloyd UD 15 January 19, 1978   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida Florida Heavyweight Title
77 Win 53–21–3 (1)   John L Carter UD 10 December 1, 1977   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
76 Win 52–21–3 (1)   George Jerome TKO 9 October 1, 1977   Butte, Montana
75 Loss 51–21–3 (1)   Marlin Lewis UD 12 September 8, 1977   Tampa, Florida
74 Draw 51–20–3 (1)   Marlin Lewis PTS 10 August 5, 1977   Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
73 Win 51–20–2 (1)   Terry Daniels UD 10 May 25, 1977   Sports Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
72 Loss 50–20–2 (1)   Bobby Lloyd PTS 15 May 7, 1977   Fort Lauderdale, Florida Won Florida Heavyweight Title
71 Loss 50–19–2 (1)   Boone Kirkman UD 10 April 26, 1977   Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington
70 Win 50–18–2 (1)   Ernie Smith TKO 4 March 23, 1977   Anchorage, Alaska
69 Win 49–18–2 (1)   Ibar Arrington SD 10 February 15, 1977   Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington
68 Win 48–18–2 (1)   James Anthony KO 5 February 2, 1977   Sports Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
67 Loss 47–18–2 (1)   Ibar Arrington MD 10 October 12, 1976   Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
66 Loss 47–17–2 (1)   Fred Houpe TKO 10 June 15, 1976   Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
65 Loss 47–16–2 (1)   Randy Stephens PTS 10 June 1, 1976   Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
64 Loss 47–15–2 (1)   Jimmy Young PTS 10 February 20, 1976   Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey
63 Loss 47–14–2 (1)   Mike Schutte TKO 7 January 26, 1976   City Hall, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
62 Loss 47–13–2 (1)   Mike Schutte PTS 10 November 29, 1975   Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
61 Loss 47–12–2 (1)   John "Dino" Denis UD 10 September 30, 1975   Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
60 Loss 47–11–2 (1)   Wendell Joseph UD 10 August 29, 1975   Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
59 Win 47–10–2 (1)   Walter White SD 11 March 7, 1975   Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
58 Loss 46–10–2 (1)   Mike Quarry UD 10 January 3, 1975   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
57 Win 46–9–2 (1) Earl Perrer KO 6 October 10, 1974   Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
56 NC 45–9–2 (1)   Eddie Owens NC 9 August 12, 1974   Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
55 Win 45–9–2   Vicente Rondon TKO 2 June 6, 1974   Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
54 Draw 44–9–2   Jose Manuel Urtain PTS 8 March 1, 1974   Madrid, Community of Madrid
53 Loss 44–9–1   Pedro Agosto PTS 12 December 17, 1973   Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico For Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title
52 Loss 44–8–1   George Foreman KO 1 September 1, 1973   Nihon Budokan, Tokyo For WBC and WBA World Heavyweight Titles
51 Win 44–7–1   Clyde Brown KO 3 June 28, 1973   Portland, Maine
50 Win 43–7–1   Terry Daniels UD 10 November 21, 1972   Sahara Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
49 Win 42–7–1   Tony Ventura TKO 2 October 2, 1972   Estadio Sixto Escobar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
48 Win 41–7–1   Charley Polite KO 1 July 14, 1972   Ponce, Puerto Rico
47 Win 40–7–1   Jose Manuel Urtain UD 10 April 3, 1972   Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
46 Win 39–7–1   Brian O'Melia PTS 10 February 14, 1972   Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
45 Loss 38–7–1   Robie Harris SD 10 October 29, 1971   Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
44 Win 37–6–1   Jose Rondon PTS 10 May 1, 1971   San Juan, Puerto Rico
43 Win 36–6–1   Tommy Sheehan KO 5 February 25, 1971   San Juan, Puerto Rico
42 Win 35–6–1   Jose Rondon UD 10 February 1, 1971   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
41 Win 34–6–1   Manuel Ramos PTS 10 October 26, 1970   San Juan, Puerto Rico
40 Win 33–6–1   Bill Hardney KO 3 August 24, 1970   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
39 Win 32–6–1   Tommy Howard KO 7 July 27, 1970   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
38 Win 31–6–1   Jack O'Halloran PTS 10 May 25, 1970   Tampa, Florida
37 Win 30–6–1   Moses Harrell KO 2 April 20, 1970   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
36 Win 29–6–1   Tommy Grant TKO 1 April 7, 1970   Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
35 Win 28–6–1   Abe Brown TKO 2 March 31, 1970   Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
34 Win 27–6–1   Tommy Howard PTS 10 March 18, 1970   Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
33 Win 26–6–1   Mike Bruce PTS 10 January 20, 1970   San Juan, Puerto Rico
32 Win 25–6–1   George Holden TKO 4 December 4, 1969   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
31 Win 24–6–1   Charles Clark KO 3 November 18, 1969   Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
30 Win 23–6–1   Abe Brown KO 2 November 13, 1969   Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
29 Win 22–6–1   Bowie Adams TKO 3 October 3, 1969   Estadio Country Club, San Juan, Puerto Rico
28 Loss 21–6–1   Jack Bodell PTS 10 July 14, 1969   Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 49.25-49.75.
27 Win 21–5–1   Chuck Wepner PTS 10 June 22, 1969   Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
26 Win 20–5–1   Al Banks PTS 10 April 19, 1969   San Juan, Puerto Rico
25 Win 19–5–1   Jack O'Halloran PTS 10 March 15, 1969   San Juan, Puerto Rico
24 Win 18–5–1   Al Singletary KO 10 February 13, 1969   San Juan, Puerto Rico
23 Loss 17–5–1   Pedro Agosto KO 12 November 19, 1968   San Juan, Puerto Rico
22 Loss 17–4–1   Charlie Harris KO 8 May 20, 1968   Audubon Ballroom, New York City
21 Win 17–3–1   Al Singletary PTS 10 April 15, 1968   Audubon Ballroom, New York City
20 Win 16–3–1   Charley Polite UD 8 March 23, 1968   Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
19 Loss 15–3–1   Al Singletary KO 7 October 2, 1967   Audubon Ballroom, New York City
18 Win 15–2–1   James J. Johnson PTS 8 August 21, 1967   Audubon Ballroom, New York City
17 Draw 14–2–1   Moses Harrell PTS 8 July 20, 1967   Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
16 Loss 14–2   Herman Harris TKO 10 June 5, 1967   Worcester, Massachusetts
15 Loss 14–1   Hal Carroll SD 8 April 24, 1967   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
14 Win 14–0   James J. Johnson UD 8 March 27, 1967   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
13 Win 13–0   Don Waldheim SD 4 March 22, 1967   Madison Square Garden, New York City
12 Win 12–0   Al Brooks UD 6 March 13, 1967   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
11 Win 11–0   Billy Muse PTS 6 March 2, 1967   Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
10 Win 10–0   Tony Burwell PTS 8 January 16, 1967   Worcester, Massachusetts
9 Win 9–0   Joe Webb KO 2 January 9, 1967   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
8 Win 8–0   Abe Walden PTS 6 December 19, 1966   Worcester, Massachusetts
7 Win 7–0   Felix Viera TKO 2 December 16, 1966   Madison Square Garden, New York City
6 Win 6–0   Abe Walden TKO 5 October 24, 1966   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
5 Win 5–0 Bill Haderman KO 5 October 20, 1966   Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
4 Win 4–0 George Ford KO 2 October 17, 1966   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
3 Win 3–0 Wayne Webb KO 2 (6) September 8, 1966   Portland, Maine
2 Win 2–0 John Hitts KO 1 (4) August 4, 1966   Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
1 Win 1–0   Sam Sellers PTS 4 June 20, 1966   Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jose Roman - BoxRec".
  2. ^ "Legends of Leather - JOE " KING " ROMAN AND PEDRO AGOSTO". Archived from the original on September 11, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hit Them While The're up, Not While They're Down". Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2010.

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