Birth date: December 14, 1986
Birth place: Cali, Colombia
Division: Super Bantamweight
Height: 5′ 9″ / 175cm
Reach: 68½″ / 174cm
Jhonatan “Momo” Romero (29-1, 15 KOs) is the former IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion. He took home the hardware to his native Colombia after defeating Alejandro Lopez by split decision on Feb. 12, 2013 in Tijuana, Mex. (the title was vacant at the time).
“There’s nothing that compares to becoming a world champion,” said the 29-year-old. “For that moment in time, you feel as though you’re on top of the world.”
Romero fought his first seventeen fights in Colombia – all wins. During that winning streak, Romero held the Colombian Featherweight Title and the WBO Latino 122-pound Title.
In June 2014, Romero fought for the first time in the U.S. He out boxed the veteran Cecilio Santos on a Thompson Boxing show that took place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. For those that have not seen him fight in person, Romero is a skillful tactician with excellent length for the division. He is equally powerful with either hand and throws every punch with remarkable efficiency.
Romero would fight four more times before meeting Lopez in his first world title affair. After winning the world title, Romero faced Kiko Martinez in his initial title defense. Romero was beaten to the punch by the Spaniard and subsequently lost his championship.
“It was the low point in my career,” Romero said. “I have to get it back.”
Since that lone blemish on an otherwise excellent career, Romero has marched to six straight wins, reviving his world title aspirations.
Romero stands 5’9” and was born on Dec. 14, 1986 in Cali, Colombia. His pro debut was a knockout win over John Merino on May 15, 2009.