There is the concern among plenty of boxing fans that it is too soon for Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero to face one of the sport’s most gifted knockout artists in Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
The exact opposite is the thought process among the braintrust behind the forthcoming grudge match.
“We figured it’s better to let them fight in the ring than in the street,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions told BoxingScene.com before emphasizing the deep-rooted animosity between the pair of unbeaten lightweights. “Look, these two do not like each other. At all!
“When they were at the [Errol]Spence-[Danny]Garcia fight last year in Texas, me and Floyd had to pull them apart. They were ready to bump right there. We thought they were gonna bump. Hell, if we didn’t pull them apart it would have been a better fight than Spence-Garcia turned out to be.”
Fittingly, the recently announced WBA “World” lightweight title fight takes place one year to the day of Spence’s twelve-round, unanimous decision win over Garcia atop their Fox Sports Pay-Per-View last December in Arlington, Texas. Davis and Romero will collide December 5—a Sunday evening—on Showtime PPV from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Baltimore’s Davis (25-0, 24KOs) and Las Vegas’ Romero (14-0, 12KOs) have been the distance just a combined three times over the course of their respective careers.
Davis has stopped his last sixteen opponents across three weight divisions, including an 11th round knockout of unbeaten Mario Barrios to win the WBA “World” junior welterweight title June 26 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Less than one month later, Romero knocked out Anthony Yigit in the 7th round of their July 17 Showtime-televised bout at A&T Center in San Antonio. Six months prior, Romero also stopped Avery Sparrow inside of seven rounds after previously going the distance in a disputed decision win over Jackson Marinez last August.
Following the win over Yigit, Romero was blunt in his next target.
“I want Gervonta Davis at 140,” Romero exclaimed in his post-fight interview. “I want him at 140. I’m ready for him. Time to stop him. I’m gonna knock him out. I know what he can do, but I know what I can do. I’m a lot stronger.”
It’s probably the nicest thing either boxer has had to say to the other. Romero has been relentless in his pursuit of Davis, who chose to sit back and simply wait on a fight date though also never showing his upcoming rival any respect.
“You have two guys, who really, really don’t like each other,” noted Ellerbe. “A lot of times, you get these guys with their beef (before the fight) then they shake hands in the end.
“There’s not gonna be any of that shit in this one. These guys do not like each other. They do not like each other at all! I can’t wait to sit back and watch them try to knock each other the f*** out—and you know one of them is getting knocked out!”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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