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Ernie Roman (born 1935) is an American former professional boxer who competed during the 1960s until an unknown time. He competed in the Heavyweight Division and was nicknamed "Big, Bad, Ernie Roman". He is a playable character in Rocky (video game) & Rocky Legends.

In 1976 (Rocky), Ernie was briefly discussed as a challenger for Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed. Creed was scheduled to defend his championship against Mac Lee Green, but Green injured his hand and was forced to pull out of the fight. Ernie was the first name that Creed mentioned, telling his promoter to set the fight up, but unfortunately for Creed, Ernie was already fighting in France during that same week, ruling him out.[1]

Professional Career

Ernie Roman (born 1935) was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He competed in the Heavyweight Division for several years but was never able to capture the Heavyweight Championship. Roman came close when he was briefly discussed as a challenger for Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed. Creed was scheduled to defend his championship against Mac Lee Green, but Green injured his hand and was forced to pull out of the fight. Ernie was the first name that Creed mentioned, telling his promoter to set the fight up, but unfortunately for Creed, Ernie was already fighting in France during that same week, ruling him out. 

During his prime, Ernie was described as a massive slugger with amazing punch strength. He had a wealth of experience due to his veteran status and long career.[2] 

Trivia

References 

  1. https://au.ign.com/articles/2002/11/06/contenders-the-fighters-of-rocky-1
  2. https://rocky.fandom.com/wiki/Rocky_(video_game)