By Dan Ambrose: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) and Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) have agreed to a deal to meet in two months from now on May 28th on Showtime pay-per-view in their rescheduled contest.
Rolly is confident of beating Tank after sizing him up last November, saying that he’s a “dumb a**” and feels “inferior” to him. While Rolly isn’t as skilled as Gervonta, he more than matches him in the power and size department.
With 5’8″ Rolly’s punching power and three-inch height advantage, he’s got a chance of pulling off an upset of Tank Davis on May 28th.
Tank’s last opponent Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz, put hands on him, coming close to winning their recent fight. Ultimately, Tank won a narrow 12 round unanimous decision over Pitbull, but it was razor close at the end. The judges scored it 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112.
WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Tank Davis, 27, and Rolly were supposed to meet on December 5th on Showtime PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately for Rolly, 26, he had to pull out of the fight after sexual assault allegations surfaced. Those allegations couldn’t be substantiated, and Rolly has now been cleared and is ready to resume his successful career.
Tank vs. Rolando Romero done deal for May 28th
“Sources: Gervonta Davis and Rolly Romero have agreed to a deal for a lightweight fight on May 28 on Showtime PPV. The WBA ordered Tank-Romero in January, one month after they were slated to fight,” said Mike Coppinger.
“I’m going to knock Tank the f*** out, and I’m going to be the #1 fighter in the world,” said Rolly Romero to Fighthype. “You’re going to see this. Everyone can say I’m the pound-for-pound greatest.”
The reaction from fans to the Tank vs. Rolly fight has been primarily adverse, as they don’t feel that Rolando has any chance of winning.
Moreover, people feel that Rolly hasn’t earned the right to challenge Gervonta for his WBA title. They think this is another example of a Mayweather Promotions in-house fight involving two fighters in their stable.
With Floyd Mayweather Jr. openly revealing to the media recently that his plans for Gervonta is to keep him fighting only in-house fights with fellow Mayweather Promotions and PBC fighters, his decision to match him against Rolly is a predictable move.
Boxing fans want to see Mayweather Promotions match Tank Davis with fighters outside of their stable, such as Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, George Kambosos Jr., and Vasyl Lomachenko.
You can’t rule out a win for Rolly in this fight against Tank because of his power and awkward fighting style.
Rolly is sometimes like a runaway M60 machine gun with the way he unloads on his opponents. You can’t stop Rolly once he begins firing.
Coach Salas talks Gervonta vs. Rolly
“One thing I believe in boxing is one punch is away from disaster,” said Cuban coach Ismael Salas to Fighthype when asked if Rolly Romero could defeat Gervonta Davis.
“One thing I can tell you as well. Davis is a real hard puncher. He’s a one-punch KO [artist]. Rolly is more power in his punch, but he’s more brawler. But, of course, if Rolly does the right things to Davis, maybe one punch away from disaster.
“But if you weigh [compare] Rolly and Davis, Davis has the better background. He’s a very, very strong puncher, but I wish all the best for both of them. Rolly, you know, we’ve been together for a while, and he’s a really tough fighter.
“When he was a teenager, we used to work in Bones Adam’s gym. He was with us, and after that, he signed up with Mayweather [Promotions], and then he went to Mayweather gym. That’s fine,” said Salas.