Justin Hackman: Ric, tell me about Jose Roman’s (10-0, 5 KOs) win in Brooklyn last week. Ric Figueroa: It went great. The opponent [Fabian Lymo, 23-11-2] came in six pounds over weight, so that was a bit of a challenge before the first bell even rang. He basically came in a full weight class above Roman. We ended up re-negotiating to 150 pounds. Roman worked his jab and left hooks, and eventually got the stoppage in the fifth round. JH: Was it a case of the opponent just not preparing do you think? RF: As far as conditioning, he was there. I just think his body couldn’t get down. He’s experienced opponent, and Roman just came out and dominated him.
JH: Where do you rank this opponent as far as step up fights for Roman?
RF: This guy has more knockouts than Roman has fights, so it was definitely a step up. But Roman’s been fighting pretty stiff competition for his past few fights, and he continues to shine.
JH: What’s next for Jose?
RF: His contract is up, and we’re definitely going to resign him. We are right where we want to be. We’re gonna see even bigger step up fights, and this year you’re gonna see some TV dates for Jose.
JH: Closing thoughts? What is going on with the rest of your stable?
RF: [Featherweight] Bryan Chevalier (13-1-1, 10 KOs) is in action on December 7th so we’re of course looking forward to that. You spoke with Chevalier last month after his win over formerly undefeated Luis Lebron (16-1-1, 9 KOs), so you know his enthusiasm, his hunger level. He’s so focused and motivated. The stable is doing well; a lot of my younger fighters are also fighting on Dec 7th. So everything is going well.
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