Rolando Romero talks up his probabilities versus Gervonta Davis but it could be considerably also soon for him, writes John Dennen
HOW is Rolando Romero so self-confident that he beats Gervonta Davis? From the way he talks and trashtalks, he looks certain that he is on study course for a memorable victory when he satisfies “Tank” at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on Saturday (Could 28).
“I’m knocking him out. If I say I’m likely to do it, then I’m likely to do it,” Romero declared. “He’s likely to get knocked out by the initial punch that he eats. He’s likely to operate right into something.”
But there is scant proof to back again up his self-belief. He’s only had 14 professional fights and though he’s received them all, he hasn’t boxed any one at Davis’ level. His most effective victory came towards Anthony Yigit, a stable former European champion. Romero did rough him up, put him down and end him. He did it with a fat drawback, a light-weight likely against an 140-pounder. Yigit was stepping in as a alternative opponent for Romero but he experienced been owing to box on the same card, so Romero can take into consideration it a excellent win.
But more down his file there is not all that a lot to boast about. He halted Avery Sparrow in his 2nd bout of past calendar year, an opponent who had come in at small recognize. A 2020 12-spherical points victory over Jackson Mariñez is definitely what helped him get to this battle. That noticed him decide on up an ‘interim’ lightweight strap courtesy of the WBA, which at minimum in that sanctioning body’s eyes sets him up for a crack at the WBC lightweight belt Davis holds. But really do not blunder that piece of silverware for the planet championship. George Kambosos is the lightweight globe winner and amid the 3 sanctioning overall body straps he retains is the WBA’s ‘Super’ light-weight belt. The WBA wanting to phone 3 fighters champion in the very same bodyweight course is an additional matter completely.
The final result of that combat was controversial, with Mariñez hotly disputing the verdict. Romero acquired to transfer on but he still has to prove himself towards an élite lightweight. Gervonta Davis is just that. He is ranked the quantity three contender at 135lbs for very good purpose. A dazzling puncher, he is a true star in American boxing. He has jumped all over in excess weight, breaking down Mario Barrios up at tremendous-welter, icing Léo Santa Cruz at super-feather with one particular of the greatest uppercuts you are going to see in recent situations, halting Yuriorkis Gamboa at lightweight and not often seeking nearly anything considerably less than outstanding.
Romero had to begin with been booked in to box Davis very last December. That was cancelled when allegations of sexual assault ended up made against Romero. No costs have since been filed and so the contest was rescheduled.
Davis did box in December, with Mexico’s Isaac Cruz coming in to make a far better fight. Gervonta did battle in that contest. Isaac Cruz had no regard for the American’s standing. With compact boxing he introduced strain and used it effectively, catching Davis with superior shots. Although a power-puncher, Davis utilised his southpaw boxing techniques to alter and win a conclusion. That then may well have supplied Romero result in for hope.
Nonetheless Cruz, however he’s young, was an knowledgeable and verified fighter. Romero is not coming in with the exact same qualifications and he does not surface to have the proper style to give Davis that form of problems. He is significant-handed and will have to depend on striving to overpower Davis. He hits with a concussive cross and appears to toss his jab ahead of turning that remaining in as a significant remaining hook. The pounds of his punching has obtained him so considerably. But to conquer Gervonta Davis he will want far more. It would be a revelation if Romero could unearth a further dimension to his boxing. From what he’s demonstrated so considerably, he makes also numerous issues. He may place as a great deal strength as he can muster into his punches, but way too usually he stands in front of the concentrate on later on, bringing his fingers back again far too very low. He can be guilty of inadequate footwork, bringing his toes jointly as he arrives forward, and mistakes like that will be badly punished by Davis.
It’s quick to visualize Davis countering him with his possess explosive punches and forcing a stoppage. Davis is the decide to get inside of the distance.
Romero will have to hope that he will properly goad Davis and tempt him away from using his southpaw abilities into swinging wildly as he tries to hurt Romero far too shortly. He requirements to consider to entice Davis into the variety of firefight in which he may well have a likelihood, but even then it would be a trim a person.
“Their only strategy is to knock me out. I hit him with just one of these and I’m likely to knock his whole nose off. They just continue to keep conversing about knockouts and hoping to get me out of there early, mainly because they know he simply cannot last down the line,” Davis stated. “Some folks are created to do it, and some persons just talk their way by it. We know what we’re coming below to do on May possibly 28.”
That this combat, which could well transform out to be a mismatch, is on Showtime pay out-for every-perspective in the US is a sign of how much faith the broadcaster has in Davis as a attract. But with an explosive general performance, the American really should provide a reminder of how exciting the light-weight division could grow to be.
An unexpected match up on the undercard sees Ireland’s Gary O’Sullivan heading in with Erislandy Lara. Ireland’s O’Sullivan experienced a unpleasant one-round knockout decline to David Lemieux in 2018 but in 2020 lasted into the 11th with Jaime Munguía.
The Cuban is an ageing veteran now but it is unlikely O’Sullivan will be in a position to sign up for Jarrett Hurd, Canelo Álvarez and Paul Williams as the only men and women to have defeated Lara.
The Verdict Davis envisioned to return in devastating fashion.