By Jim Calfa: Rolando Romero took to social media on Tuesday to express his joy at getting a second chance to face superstar Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis after the WBA ordered the fight between them last week. The Davis vs. Romero fight still needs to be negotiated to pick a location, but it’s a certainty that it’ll happen.
Romero will be making “life-changing” money fighting Davis in the main event on SHOWTIME PPV in the coming months. Even if Romero fails to win the fight, the money he’ll get will impact his life.
It’s unlikely that the former WBA interim 135-lb champion Rolando will pull off the upset against Gervonta, 27. Still, you can’t rule out the possibility of his power and colossal size for the lightweight division. They don’t get much larger than Rolando, and it’s unclear how he’s still above to make the 135-lb limit being as big as he is.
Rolando to make life-changing money
The Floyd Mayweather Jr-promoted Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) had been scheduled to face WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Tank Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) on December 5th last month. Still, he yanked from the card after sexual allegations surfaced.
The 26-year-old Las Vegas native Rolando has now been cleared of those allegations, and he’s now getting a second opportunity to face Gervonta in the first quarter of 2022.
“They tried to take me down, and I come back making more money than ever,” said Rolando Romero on Twitter. “A life-changing moment happened for me today. Nothing feels real right now,” said Rolly.
Rolando must make the most of this opportunity because he may not ever get another chance if he gets wiped out by Tank Davis.
Rolly hasn’t fought anyone of note during his career aside from Anthony Yigit, Avery Sparrow, and Jackson Marinez. You can argue the sole reason Rolando is getting this title shot against Tank Davis is that he’s with the same promoter as him.
Barrios says Tank deserved win over Pitbull
A TON of boxing fans believed and still maintain that Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs) did enough to rate the victory over Tank Davis in their December 5th fight.
Cruz, 23, was brought in as a substitute opponent to face Gervonta to save that fight date after Rolly was pulled from the card. Surprisingly, Pitbull gave Tank Davis arguably the most brutal fight of his career, wearing him down with his inside pressure and body shots.
In the end, Tank appeared to win the fight barely, but it was close enough to where some boxing fans believed that Pitbull Cruz should have had his hand raised.
“I said before that fight happened, ‘styles make fights,’ and Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz has a very difficult style,” said Mario Barrios to Fight Hub TV on Tank Davis’ recent close 12 round unanimous decision win over Isaac Cruz on December 5th in Los Angeles.
“It was a very competitive fight, as I expected,” Barrios continued on Gervonta’s match against Pitbull Cruz. “Isaac Cruz has a style that is hard to look good against. He stays very compact, he’s very defensive, and he has that relentless pressure.
“I still believe Gervonta out-pointed him, you know? Ultimately, he outboxed him and landed the cleaner shots, but it was a great fight as I had expected.
“As always, people are going to be biased to the type of style that they like to see, but as a boxer, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due.
“I think Gervonta outboxed him and landed the cleaner shots in that fight,” said Barrios on his view that Tank Davis did enough to win a close 12 round decision over Pitbull Cruz.
Given how controversial the results were for the Davis-Cruz fight, we’re likely to see a rematch between them soon.