There was a lot of trash-talking leading up to the fight between Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd(18,970) at Barclays Center(Showtime PPV) in Brooklyn, but only one man could back it up.
Davis ended the night with a left hook in Round 6 that sent Romero face-first into the ropes and onto the mat. Romero got up, but he could not continue as referee David Fields halted the action with 21 seconds left in the round as Davis defeated Romero by TKO.
The 27-year-old Davis retains his WBA(secondary) 135-pound title with the victory.
“The crazy thing is that I didn’t even throw it that hard,” said Davis about the punch that dropped Romero. “He just ran into it. He just ran into it—something like when Manny Pacquiao got caught. I didn’t even throw it that hard, and he’s the one who ran into it when he was talking that it was going to be me.
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It wasn’t the most action packed fight as both guys, who are not high volume punchers, seemed a little wary of each other’s power, but you knew with the power these guys have that it only could take one punch to end the night.
“He was strong for sure, but there were a couple shots that I was getting warmed up with, and he caught me, and I was like, ‘I can’t sit with him just yet,’” said Davis. “I know when to take it to my opponents and when to chill out. There was someone in the crowd, and they were telling me to press forward, and I was like, not yet. I got to loosen him up a little more.”
Barclays Center has been good to Davis(27-0, 25 KOs). Saturday’s event was the highest grossing and most attended boxing event in the venue’s history, and it was the place where he won his first world title via a star-making 2017 KO of Jose Pedraza.
“We did it again in New York City, baby,” said Davis. “Thank you, New York City. I won my first belt here, and it was great to come back to Brooklyn and do it again.”
Romero (14-1, 12 KOs), who promised a first-round knockout, and was outlanded 25-22, felt he was in control of the action.
“I want the fight again,” said Romero. “I exposed him and won every single round. I jumped into something and ate a stupid shot.”
We probably won’t see this fight again.
Davis, whose contract with Mayweather Promotions ended after the win, says he will stay with the promotional company at the postfight press conference, but that could change.
However, it’s time for better competition.
Because of the business of boxing, it still might be challenging to make the big fights. Ryan Garcia, who was in attendance for the fight, would be an ideal opponent, but he’s with Golden Boy/DAZN, which could make things tricky.
The winner of the undisputed clash at 135 pounds between George Kambosos-Devin Haney would be even more ideal, but if Haney wins, Kambosos has a rematch clause, so they could be tied up with that.
So, we’ll see what happens next for Davis, but let’s hope it’s a big one coming soon.