Rolly Romero wasn’t impressed with Ryan Garcia’s use of the Mayweather shoulder roll or virtually anything else Garcia did during his first fight Saturday night with new trainer Derrick James in his corner.

Romero was pleased, though, that Garcia called him out after his eighth-round knockout of Oscar Duarte at Toyota Center in Houston. The WBA super lightweight champion, who is recovering from an undisclosed injury, would welcome a showdown with Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) that he has wanted for a long time because Romero thinks it is one of the most marketable pay-per-view boxing matches that can be put together.

“I mean, I’m just gonna have to see, you know?,” Romero told FightHype during an interview posted Sunday morning to its YouTube channel. “If that fight gets made – I don’t wanna say too much because, you know, maybe I say two or three words and he might get depression and retire for a year. Or, you know, like I said, we don’t know what’s really like, what’s really there. Like, maybe he’s speaking out of his ass. Maybe it’s some bullsh!t. We don’t know. But I know if the fight does get signed, it’s gonna be one of the biggest pay-per-views this year.

“This year, it’s gonna be one of the biggest, if not the biggest pay-per-view because it’s a fight that’s been long overdue. I been calling him out since 2017, since April 2017, April 20th, 2017. I mean, sh!t, I know that must mean something to me if I got the date memorized, you know? So, it’s a fight that’s been long awaited by me, the boxing media, the boxing fans, everyone. You know, it’s just one of those mega-fights.”

The WBA ordered Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) late in September to defend his 140-pound championship against the winner of the upcoming Ohara Davies-Ismael Barroso bout by March 20. England’s Davies (25-2, 18 KOs) and Venezuela’s Barroso (24-4-2, 22 KOs) were supposed to fight Saturday night for the WBA’s interim 140-pound crown on the Garcia-Duarte undercard, but Davies’ visa issue caused a postponement.

North Las Vegas’ Romero beat Barroso by ninth-round technical knockout May 13 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. That result caused controversy, however, because critics contend that referee Tony Weeks stopped a fight in which Romero trailed on all three scorecards too soon after Romero clearly hurt the 40-year-old Barroso in the ninth round.

Garcia, meanwhile, dropped Duarte in the eighth round of Garcia’s first fight since Gervonta Davis knocked out the Victorville California native with a body shot in the seventh round of their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event April 22 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mexico’s Duarte (26-2-1, 21 KOs) waited too long to attempt to get up and referee James Green counted him out in a main event DAZN streamed.

A new date for the Davies-Barroso bout hasn’t been announced, nor is it known if the WBA would allow Romero to fight Garcia next. It is clearly the fight Romero wants, though.

“I mean, then you get me, sh!t, you get me, the greatest salesman in the world, you know?,” Romero said. “And then you get, you know, pretty princess over there, you know? So, it sounds like a good time, sounds like a good time.”

When asked if he could be ready by March or April, the time frame Garcia mentioned for their fight, Romero replied, “I mean, I hope so. I’m still dealing with some stuff on my end, you know? I haven’t been well, you know? Yeah, but I think that sounds beautiful.”

Regarding his health, Romero added, “You know, I’m healing. I’m healing. Yeah, I’m healing.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.