The doctor’s report is back and Daniel Roman can rest easy.
So too, can Murujdon Akhmadaliev and his manager, Vadim Kornilov.
An injured left shoulder forced Roman (27-2-1, 10KOs) to withdraw from his upcoming mandatory title defense versus Murojdon (6-0, 5KOs). The bout was due to take place Sept. 13 at Hulu Theater in New York City, in chief support to a DAZN-headlining lightweight title eliminator between Devin Haney (22-0, 14KOs) and Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7KOs).
The rest of the show will go on as planned. The good news for Los Angeles’ Roman is that his career should resume much sooner than initially expected.
“We got the results back and the good news he should only be out (of the ring) for 4-6 weeks,” Alex Camponovo, general manager of Thompson Boxing told BoxingScene.com on Tuesday. “We thought it was a tear, but it turned out to just be tendinitis.”
Roman suffered the injury during a sparring session on Aug. 17, which forced him to step back during training for what would be the fourth defense of his super bantamweight title. Efforts to rehabilitate the injury—including an acupuncture session—ultimately had an adverse effect, leaving him no choice but to postpone his upcoming title defense.
The news wasn’t exactly embraced by Murojdon’s team. Kornilov took to social media in casting his doubts over the severity of the issue, going as far as to suggest that Roman’s team has been trying to get out of the fight from the moment it was ordered by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
Uzbekistan’s Murojdon earned the mandatory ranking following a knockout win over Isaac Zarate last November. His title shot was due to come immediately thereafter, but the 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist—who now lives and trains in California—agreed to step aside to allow Roman to enter a title unification bout with TJ Doheny, scoring a thrilling 12-round unanimous decision this past April to extend his current 19-fight win streak.
Murojdon appeared on the undercard, knocking out Carlos Carlson in three rounds, with the two camps ordered to begin talks soon thereafter.
It eventually went to a purse bid hearing, with World of Boxing—Murojdon’s promoter—securing the rights as the lone bidder. An agreement was reached to place the bout on the Sept. 13 card, but is now in need of a new home once Roman is cleared to return to the ring.
The good news for all involved is there will in fact be a title fight to reschedule.
“The idea that we wanted to pull (Roman) from this fight to put him in another unification bout or any other fight… it’s not even worth mentioning,” noted Camponovo. “Danny Roman is always willing to take on all comers, as his track record proves.
“We are very much looking forward to this fight versus Murojdon Akhmadaliev. His team can rest assure and expect to be ready to fight for the title by November or December, once we can work out a new date.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox