Daniel Roman To Defend WBA Super Bantamweight Title On October 20 DAZN Card

Among the several signings that Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced at the latest DAZN press conference is WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman.

Roman, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing, has signed on to fight on the DAZN streaming service that will launch later this year in the United States. His first fight on DAZN will take place in California on October 20 and will defend his title against former European champion Gavin McDonnell.

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Roman will be making his third world title defense since winning the belt last year. The 28-year-old Roman last fought in June, scoring a unanimous decision win over Moises Flores on the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo undercard. 

McDonnell previously challenged for the WBC super bantamweight title in 2017 but was unsuccessful when he lost a majority decision to Rey Vargas. McDonnell has since then won his last four fights.

No other fight has been announced for the October 20 card, but Hearn did say that he is trying to get WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker to defend his title against mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo. That fight, previously reported by Fightful to be in the works, could go to a purse bid where if Hooker's side wins the bid, then it would most likely end up on DAZN. If Saucedo's side wins the bid, then the fight would most likely land on ESPN.

The fight will take place on the second Matchroom Boxing USA card that will be streamed on DAZN and third overall Matchroom Boxing card on the streaming service. The first Matchroom Boxing USA card will be in Chicago on October 6, featuring at least two world title fights. But before those two U.S. shows, DAZN will stream its first fight card on September 22, headlined by Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin for the unified WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.

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