Even after losing his last fight, Rolando "Rolly" Romero will fight for a world title as his Showtime Championship Boxing against Ismael Barroso will now be for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title, which will take place at The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The news first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN.com, comes on the heels of Alberto Puello failing a pre-fight drug test for a performance-enhancing drug, last month. In the wake of that result, the winner of this bout will now become the champion.
The WBA also ruled the winner of this bout must return within 120 days (four months), to face Ohara Davies, who is ranked number two in the junior welterweight rankings by the WBA in the junior welterweight division
If an adverse finding is found in Puello's b-sample test from VADA comes back for the banned substance Clomiphene, Puello will be stripped of his title.
The WBA also ruled that the Romero-Barroso winner must face England’s Ohara Davies no later than 120 days from Saturday. Davies (25-2, 18 KOs) is the WBA’s second-ranked contender in the 140-pound division.
If Puello’s B sample provided to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association comes back positive for Clomiphene, he likely will be stripped of his title. Puello has a hearing scheduled for May 17 with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding his temporary suspension.
If Clomiphene sounds familiar this is the same drug that Conor Benn failed for prior to his fight with Chris Eubank Jr.