Gilberto Roman

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Gilberto Roman

Name: Gilberto Roman
Birth Name: Gilberto Román Saldaña
Hometown: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Birthplace: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Died: 1990-06-27 (Age:28)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 160cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainer: Nacho Beristain
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KO Closeup

Amateur Career

  • Purported amateur Record: 90-7
  • Represented Mexico as a flyweight at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. His results were:

Professional Career

  • Earl Gustkey of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Roman was a solid technician, an exceptional defensive boxer. He was compact and sturdily built. His muscular build always suggested a power puncher, yet he was more technician than blaster. . . . The 5-foot-3 Roman belonged in a 'How to Box' video. His punches were short, economical, precise, accurate. No one ever saw Roman desperately flailing away. If no punch was there, none was thrown."
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Rafael Mendoza, Roman's adviser, called Roman "the Sugar Ray Leonard of the flyweights."
  • Defeated 11 opponents (2 by KO) in world title fights.
  • Had a record of 12-3-1 (2 KOs) in world title fights.
  • Had a record of 7-4-1 (1 KO) against former, current and future world titlists.


  • Roman died in an auto accident on June 27, 1990. Police said the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a truck near Chilpancingo, 130 miles south of Mexico City. Roman and four friends were driving from Mexico City to Acapulco. All five people in the car were killed. [1]

Preceded by:
Jiro Watanabe
WBC Super Flyweight Champion
1986 Mar 30 – 1987 May 16
Succeeded by:
Santos Benigno Laciar
Preceded by:
Sugar Baby Rojas
WBC Super Flyweight Champion
1988 Apr 8 – 1989 Nov 7
Succeeded by:
Nana Konadu