Gervonta Davis battles Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero on Dec.5th at Staples Center in LA on Showtime PPV

By Boxing News - 10/06/2021 - Comments

By Chris Williams: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis has revealed that he’ll face Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero on December 5th live on Showtime PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

In the main event, the former three-division world champion Tank Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) is fighting the biggest puncher of his career in 24-year-old Rolly Romero (14-0, 12 KOs). It’s believed the fight will take place at 140 rather than 135.

Some boxing fans that aren’t familiar with the hard-hitting Romero believe this is a cherry-pick for Tank, but it’s the best opponent of his career.

Some boxing fans won’t be happy about having to pay to see Gervonta battle Rolly on Showtime pay-per-view, but they’re going to have to open their wallets if they want to see Tank fight. He’s now a PPV fighter, so every fight he has will be on pay-per-view now.

This is not even close to being a cherry-pick for Gervonta because Romero has the punching power to win at any point in the fight. At 5’8″, Rolly Romero will have a significant size advantage over the 5’5 1/2″ Tank Davis, and he’s capable of using his size.

Rolly may not have accomplished as much as Leo Santa Cruz, but he’s bigger, younger, and stronger than him. Up to this point, Santa Cruz is the best name on Gervonta’s eight-year record.

Lately, Rolly has been trash-talking Gervonta on social media, letting him know what he thinks of him. Now, Rolly has a chance to prove that he back it up and prove that he’s a better fighter than the 26-year-old Tank Davis.

Rolly recently stopped Anthony Yigit in the seventh round last July in a beat down in San Antonio, Texas. It was a one-sided fight with Rolly pounding the game but limited Yigit from start to finish.

That performance helped Rolly redeem himself from his controversial 12 round unanimous decision win over Jackson Marinez in August 2020.

Many boxing fans felt that Rolly should have lost that fight, but the judges went with him because he was landing some monstrous punches in each round compared to the lighter ones from Marinez.

Tank recently stopped WBA ‘regular’ light welterweight champion Mario Barrios in the 11th round on June 26th in a more challenging fight than expected.

Gervonta was losing the fight through the first seven rounds, but promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to Tank’s rescue by giving him a motivational talk after the seventh. Tank responded well, dropping Barrios twice in round eight and another time in the eleventh to get the knockout.

It’ll be interesting to see if Gervonta defends his WBA ‘regular’ 140-lb title against Rolly Romero or if they fight without a belt is on the line. Considering that the fight is on Showtime PPV, it would make sense if Gervonta’s WBA ‘regular’ 140-lb title be up for grabs. Typically, for PPV fights, there’s some kind of title that is fought for.

Image: Gervonta Davis battles Rolando 'Rolly' Romero on Dec.5th at Staples Center in LA on Showtime PPV

Having a Gervonta fight Rolly on PPV during the pandemic is still a questionable move, though, because many boxing fans don’t have extra spending cash to plunk down for an expensive event. Likely, the price tag for the Tank Davis vs. Rolly Romero match will sell for $75 per household.

That’s not chump change for some people, which could result in them either not watching or turn to an illegal stream on December 5th to see it for free.

Right now, Davis’ fights should be on regular Showtime rather than PPV because it will help him gain more boxing fans if people can see him compete without having to pay $75.