Gervonta Davis


Rolando Romero promised to finish Gervonta Davis in one round. Unfortunately for Romero, it was he who walked into the big shot that spelled the end.

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“He’s the one that ran into something, talking about me.”
– Gervonta Davis

Leading up to the fight, Rolando Romero (14-1, 12 KOs) promised to finish Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) in one round. Romero told anyone that would listen that Tank would succumb to his power and that he would undoubtedly run into a big shot.

Unfortunately for Romero, it was he who walked into the big shot, a crisp left hand that sent Rollies face first into the ropes.

To his credit, Romero did get back up to his feet, but the referee correctly saw that Romero was on wobbly legs and could not continue.

Romero didn’t put up an argument regarding the stoppage and quickly left the ring after the loss. On his way back to the locker room, the Showtime cameras should that Romero was still a bit dazed as his father consoled him.

Although it’s not the ending that he predicted or hoped for, Romero did prove to be a game opponent early on, working almost exclusively behind a strong jab in the first couple of rounds. That was a stark contrast to his talk in the lead up to the fight, as he repeatedly stated that he’d get Tank out via knockout after landing one power shot.

Davis was careful and calculated throughout the fight, knowing that Romero’s wild style and power posed a threat throughout.

According to CompuBox, Tank averaged 14 punches thrown per round, which was well below his prior average of 36.6 punches thrown per round.

All in all it was a great night for boxing in general, as Davis vs. Romero officially broke the record for the highest-grossing boxing show in Barclays Center history. In addition, the 18,970 attendance number set a new record for boxing at the arena.

After the fight, Davis was asked about future matchups against other high-level fighters, such as Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“I’m here baby,” said Davis.” “Whatever they want to do, I’m here.”

That is music to fans ears, as boxing fanatics have been waiting for Davis to compete against other upper-echelon fighters in the sport for years.

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