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‘Mickey’ Roman turned boxing into his lifestyle

Luis Miguel Román Portillo, better known as “Mickey” Román, was born on November 14, 1985 in Ciudad Juárez, where he struck his first shots in the


Luis Miguel Román Portillo, better known as “Mickey” Román, was born on November 14, 1985 in Ciudad Juárez, where he struck his first shots in the ring. At 165 centimeters tall, ‘Mickey’ stood out from an early age in boxing, a sport that would become his lifestyle.

At the age of 16, he was already a husband and became a father, a situation that made him think about giving up his dream in order to provide for his family. However, his mother supported him and that is how he managed to debut professionally on March 28, 2003.

In that first fight he faced Miguel Caddy at the Poliforo Juan Gabriel, and Mickey prevailed by knockout in the third round and obtained the first of many victories that would come as a professional.

From that moment on, Mickey showed that he was ready to think big in the lightweight class. From his debut until 2007 he managed to get 22 wins in a row, conquering the world junior super bantamweight title of the World Boxing Council.

On August 11, 2008, he suffered the first loss of his career against Michael Domingo, in California. Since that setback, things got complicated for Roman, with a series of ups and downs that kept him from the possibility of the world title.

The fighter from Juarez did not give up and in January 2013 he began another of his most impressive streaks with 18 wins in a row. After his victory against Jerope Mercado, Román appeared at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, to face the Japanese Takashi Miura. That January 28, 2017, the native of Ciudad Juárez lost by knockout in the twelfth round and with it his aspirations to seek the title vanished.

Shortly after he would have another great opportunity, the WBC super featherweight world title was in dispute at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The contest was complicated for the one from Ciudad Juárez, he fell three times and what promised to be a duel with a reserved prognosis, ended up tilting in favor of Berchelt with a victory by knockout in the ninth round.
At the age of 36, Mickey Román remains active in boxing and last August he had a triumphant return, when he defeated Marcio Soza in Ciudad Juárez, in a fight for the Fecarbox super featherweight title, endorsed by the World Boxing Council.

This is how the idol of Juárez is not satisfied and continues to aspire to achieve even more achievements in his long career in the ring, since he does not remove a world title from his mind, something he has caressed several times.