Albuquerque boxer Danny Romero Jr. will go for his third world championship title when he fights Cruz Carbajal for the World Boxing Organization bantamweight title at Isleta Casino and Resort on Friday, Sept. 27.
The fight is being billed as “Hunger” to portray Romero’s craving for another world title. And at Tuesday’s news conference in the Tewa Room at the casino, Romero sounded hungry and determined.
“I’m winning this fight,” Romero said. “I’m going to tear this guy up.”
Carbajal, who was not present at the conference, said in a press release that he would not end up Romero’s meal.
“I will not come to Albuquerque to lose the title I worked my whole life for and will stop Romero inside the distance,” he said.
Carbajal, 28, of Veracruz, Mexico, will bring a 21-11-1 record into the fight. Seventeen of his 21 wins have been by knockout. Four of his losses have been suffered at the hands of world champions Lehlehonol Ledwaba, Hugo Dianzo, Nestor Garza and Johnny Bredhal.
Carbajal won the WBO title belt last March, knocking out Mauricio Martinez in the ninth round.
Romero, the WBO’s No. 3 contender, is a two-time former world champion. He last held the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight, losing it to Albuquerque rival Johnny Tapia five years ago. He also was the IBF’s flyweight champion from 1995-96.
Romero carries a 43-4-1 record into the bout. Nicknamed “Kid Dynamite,” The 28-year-old Romero has won 37 of his fights by knockout. He last fought a month ago at Isleta, putting away Domingo Guillen in two minutes and 12 seconds.
Five fights are planned for the undercard. None have been announced.
The fights will be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, but will be blacked out in the Albuquerque area. The telecast follows the University of New Mexico-Texas Tech football game on the same network.
Tickets range in price from $40 for general admission to $250 for a ringside seat. Tickets are now on sale at the Isleta Casino box office. For ticket information, call 244-8192 or check online at www.tickets.com.