Wellington Romero

W.A.R.

BOXER: WELLINGTON ROMERO

NICKNAME: W.A.R.

DIVISION: JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT

AGE: 24

DATE OF BIRTH: MARCH 13, 1991

HEIGHT: 5’9’’

STANCE: SOUTHPAW

BORN: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

LIVES: NEWBURGH, NEW YORK

RECORD: 13-0-1 (7 KO’S)

Wellington Arias “W.A.R.” Romero is a junior welterweight boxer and Olympian that represented the Dominican Republic in the 2012 London Olympics.

 

A native of Santo Domingo, Romero enjoyed an accomplished amateur career in the Dominican Republic before moving to Newburgh, New York to start his professional career. As a teenager, he earned a bronze medal at the 2010 Central American Games and made back-to-back appearances at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships and the 2011 Pan American Games.

 

Romero ultimately made his mark at the 2012 Olympic Qualifiers, defeating Venezuela’s Hector Manzanilla, Ecuador’s Luis Enrique Porozo and USA’s Jose Ramirez for the right to represent the Dominican Republic in the lightweight division.

 

In the first bout of his Olympic debut, Romero showed the poise of a veteran, scoring a decisive victory against Colombia’s Edwar Marriaga. His stint in the tournmanet would be cut short in the following round, when Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko – and current World Champion – toppled Romero en route to sweeping the competition and clinching a gold medal.

 

Despite the defeat, Romero’s showing at the Olympics laid the groundwork for his transition to the professional ranks and move to the United States. On October 26, 2013, Romero made his debut on national television, defeating Victor Galindo via a four-round unanimous decision at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 

Through the first half of 2014, Romero would continue conquering his competition, upending Ismael Serrano, Gerald Smith and Mack Babb in three straight bouts. He would face his stiffest competition in Oct. 15, 2014, when last-minute replacement Lazar Stojadinovic battled Romero to a majority draw.

 

During Roc Nation Sports’ inaugural throne boxing event in 2015, Romero preserved his unbeaten run at The Theater at Madison Square, delivering a crushing knockout against Leo Kreischer less than two minutes into the first round. Shortly after the fight, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Romero to an exclusive promotional agreement.

 

Romero would return to the ring on April 17, 2015 for his second throne boxing event appearance at Foxwoods Resort Casino, where he scored a four-round unanimous decision win over Matt Doherty. He continued his winning ways with three more wins in 2015, including six-round decision wins over both Evincii Dixon and Ramesis Gil as well as a first-round knockout against Armando Meroles.

 

The southpaw continued to dazzle in 2016, stopping Nicaragua’s Carlos Winston Velasquez in his first bout of the year with a left hand to the body in the waning seconds of the first round. He would cap 2016 with a sharp victory over Ariel Vasquez in June 2016 and a first-round knockout Engelberto Valenzuela in Dec. 2016 at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, Massachusetts.