José "King" Roman

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Jose Roman
Statistics
Real name Jose Roman
Nickname(s) King
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1946-12-17) December 17, 1946 (age 68)
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 85
Wins 53
Wins by KO 27
Losses 27
Draws 4
No contests 1

José "King" Roman (born December 17, 1946) is a Puerto Rican former boxer who was Puerto Rico's regional heavyweight champion. He is better known as "Joe King Roman."[1]

Pro career[edit]

In late August 1973, he travelled to Tokyo, Japan to challenge world Heavyweight champion George Foreman, losing by a knockout in the first round there on September 1. Roman's corner protested that he was hit by Foreman while Roman was down, although no action was taken on this complaint. Even though he lost, he made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican to challenge for the world's Heavyweight championship. The only fellow Puerto Ricans to challenge for the heavyweight championship are Ossie Ocasio, Fres Oquendo and John Ruiz, who later became the only Latino to hold a version of the heavyweight championship.[2]

Retirement[edit]

Roman retired in 1981 with a record of 53 wins, 24 losses and 3 draws, with 26 knockout wins. He used to work at a Sweetbay Supermarket in Tampa, Florida. Ossie Ocasio and Fres Oquendo also challenged for the world's heavyweight championship, both are also from Puerto Rico. Ruiz was born in the USA of Puerto Rican ancestry.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 Wins (27 knockouts, 26 decisions), 27 Losses (11 knockouts, 16 decisions), 4 Draws, 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 9-2-1 United States Tony Severance KO 5 19/03/1981 United States Tampa, Florida
Loss 32-1 Italy Alfio Righetti KO 2 10/11/1978 Italy Milan, Lombardy
Loss 19-5 United States Glenn Morgan TKO 7 10/08/1978 United States Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
Loss 25-4-1 United States Ibar Arrington TKO 8 20/06/1978 United States Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
Win 11-10-3 Canada George Jerome TKO 8 23/05/1978 United States Bellingham, Washington
Loss 18-1 United States Walter E. Moore, Jr. UD 10 28/04/1978 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
Draw 19-27-2 United States Levi Forte PTS 10 17/03/1978 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Loss 12-14-1 The Bahamas Bobby Lloyd UD 15 19/01/1978 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida Florida Heavyweight Title.
Win 8-3-1 United States John L Carter UD 10 01/12/1977 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 11-7-3 Canada George Jerome TKO 9 01/10/1977 United States Butte, Montana
Loss 4-6-1 United States Marlin Lewis UD 12 08/09/1977 United States Tampa, Florida
Draw 4-6 United States Marlin Lewis PTS 10 05/08/1977 United States Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
Win 35-25-1 United States Terry Daniels UD 10 25/05/1977 United States Sports Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
Loss 9-13-1 The Bahamas Bobby Lloyd PTS 15 07/05/1977 United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida Florida Heavyweight Title.
Loss 32-6 United States Boone Kirkman UD 10 26/04/1977 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington 95-99, 91-99, 92-99.
Win 4-12 United States Ernie "Big E" Smith TKO 4 23/03/1977 United States Anchorage, Alaska
Win 19-1-1 United States Ibar Arrington SD 10 15/02/1977 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington 96-98, 99-97, 99-95.
Win -- United States James Anthony KO 5 02/02/1977 United States Sports Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
Loss 16-1-1 United States Ibar Arrington MD 10 12/10/1976 United States Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington 97-98, 96-97, 97-97.
Loss 11-0 United States Fred Houpe TKO 10 15/06/1976 United States Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Loss 6-1 United States Randy Stephens PTS 10 01/06/1976 United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 16-4-2 United States Jimmy Young PTS 10 20/02/1976 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey
Loss 25-5-1 South Africa Mike Schutte TKO 7 26/01/1976 South Africa City Hall, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Loss 23-5-1 South Africa Mike Schutte PTS 10 29/11/1975 South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Loss 25-0 United States John Dino Denis UD 10 30/09/1975 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Loss 8-10-2 Trinidad and Tobago Wendell Joseph UD 10 29/08/1975 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Win 15-6-2 United States Walter "Snake" White SD 11 07/03/1975 United States Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
Loss 45-5-3 United States Mike Quarry UD 10 03/01/1975 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win -- Earl Perrer KO 6 10/10/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
No Contest 36-23-3 United States Eddie Owens NC 9 12/08/1974 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 39-14-1 Venezuela Vicente Rondon TKO 2 06/06/1974 United States Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida
Draw 43-5-2 Spain Jose Manuel Urtain PTS 8 01/03/1974 Spain Madrid, Community of Madrid
Loss 26-5 Puerto Rico Pedro Agosto PTS 12 17/12/1973 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title.
Loss 38-0 United States George Foreman KO 1 01/09/1973 Japan Nihon Budokan, Tokyo WBC/WBA World Heavyweight Titles. Roman knocked out at 2:00 of the first round.
Win 10-9 United States Clyde Brown KO 3 28/06/1973 United States Portland, Maine
Win 28-8-1 United States Terry Daniels UD 10 21/11/1972 United States Sahara Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 15-9 United States Tony Ventura TKO 2 02/10/1972 Puerto Rico Estadio Sixto Escobar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 14-21-3 United States Charley Polite KO 1 14/07/1972 Puerto Rico Ponce, Puerto Rico
Win 39-3-2 Spain Jose Manuel Urtain UD 10 03/04/1972 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 10-8-1 United States Brian O'Melia PTS 10 14/02/1972 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 3-7-1 United States "Big" Robie Harris SD 10 29/10/1971 United States Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Win 0-5-1 Venezuela Jose Rondon PTS 10 01/05/1971 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 7-7 United States Tommy Sheehan KO 5 25/02/1971 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 0-4-1 Venezuela Jose Rondon UD 10 01/02/1971 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 23-13-3 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos PTS 10 26/10/1970 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 15-15-1 United States Bill Hardney KO 3 24/08/1970 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 2-1 United States Tommy Howard KO 7 27/07/1970 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 18-7-2 United States Jack O'Halloran PTS 10 25/05/1970 United States Tampa, Florida
Win 13-8-4 United States Moses Harrell KO 2 20/04/1970 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win -- United States Tommy Grant TKO 1 07/04/1970 United States Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the first round.
Win 3-12-1 United States Abe "Tiger" Brown TKO 2 31/03/1970 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win 2-0 United States Tommy Howard PTS 10 18/03/1970 United States Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Win 9-24-2 United States Mike Bruce PTS 10 20/01/1970 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 9-7-3 United States George "Moonport Mauler" Holden TKO 4 04/12/1969 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 1-1 United States Charles Cyril Clark KO 3 18/11/1969 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win 3-7-1 United States Abe "Tiger" Brown KO 2 13/11/1969 United States Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 23-6-1 United States Bowie Adams TKO 3 03/10/1969 Puerto Rico Estadio Country Club, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 51-9 United Kingdom Jack Bodell PTS 10 14/07/1969 United Kingdom Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 49.25-49.75.
Win 18-3-2 United States Chuck Wepner PTS 10 22/06/1969 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 7-5 United States Al Banks PTS 10 19/04/1969 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 15-1-1 United States Jack O'Halloran PTS 10 15/03/1969 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 2-9-1 United States Al Singletary KO 10 13/02/1969 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 17-0 Puerto Rico Pedro Agosto KO 12 19/11/1968 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 2-3-1 United States Charlie "Emperor" Harris KO 8 20/05/1968 United States Audubon Ballroom, New York City
Win 2-7-1 United States Al Singletary PTS 10 15/04/1968 United States Audubon Ballroom, New York City
Win 8-5-2 United States Charley Polite UD 8 23/03/1968 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 1-5-1 United States Al Singletary KO 7 02/10/1967 United States Audubon Ballroom, New York City
Win 3-5-1 United States James J. Johnson PTS 8 21/08/1967 United States Audubon Ballroom, New York City
Draw 7-1 United States Moses Harrell PTS 8 20/07/1967 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Loss 22-23-1 United States Herman Harris TKO 10 05/06/1967 United States Worcester, Massachusetts
Loss 6-2 United States Hal Carroll SD 8 24/04/1967 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 3-3-1 United States James J. Johnson UD 8 27/03/1967 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 2-1-2 United States Don Waldheim SD 4 22/03/1967 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 3-3 United States Al Brooks UD 6 13/03/1967 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win -- United States Billy Muse PTS 6 02/03/1967 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 0-4-1 United States Tony Burwell PTS 8 16/01/1967 United States Worcester, Massachusetts
Win -- United Kingdom Joe Webb KO 2 09/01/1967 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 1-7-1 United States Abe Walden PTS 6 19/12/1966 United States Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 2-7 Puerto Rico Felix Viera TKO 2 16/12/1966 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 2:42 of the second round.
Win 1-5-1 United States Abe Walden TKO 5 24/10/1966 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 0-1 Bill Haderman KO 5 20/10/1966 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win -- George Ford KO 2 17/10/1966 United States Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Win -- Wayne Webb KO 2 08/09/1966 United States Portland, Maine
Win -- John Hitts KO 1 04/08/1966 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 0-4-1 United States Sam Sellers PTS 4 20/06/1966 United States Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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