By Chris Williams: Promoter Bob Arum isn’t giving Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero much chance to beat Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis on May 28th in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The contest will be shown on Showtime PPV.
Arum says Rolly (14-0, 12 Kos) can’t match Tank Davis in the athleticism and skills department, and that will ultimately be more than enough for him to come up as the loser next month.
Arum feels that Rolly’s only shot at winning the fight is for him to use his punching power, but he’s still not giving him much of a chance.
Rolly, 26, will need to use his power and size against the smaller 5’5 1/2″ Tank (26-0, 24 KOs). This fight is essentially a match between a welterweight-sized Rolly against a super-featherweight-sized Tank Davis.
In terms of size, Rolly has a tremendous advantage over Gervonta, but that’s probably not enough for him to get the victory.
“I’m a big admirer of Tank. I don’t think Romero is particularly competitive with him, I really don’t,” said Bob Arum to Fight Hub TV, when asked about his thoughts on the May 28th bout between Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero.
If Tank Davis fights the way he did against Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz and Leo Santa Cruz, you can’t rule out an upset win for Rolly.
Tank looked horrible in those two fights, getting hit a lot, and showing that he’s not the fighter some boxing fans thought he was.
Rolly has looked excellent lately, beating Anthony Yigit, Avery Sparrow, and Jackson Marinez. There’s nothing wrong with Rolly’s punching power, as he’s punishing his opposition with his shots.
“We’ll have to see,” Arum continued about whether Rolly has a chance of unseating Tank as the WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion next month. “Yeah, really. Not much of a chance.
“I think Tank is a better boxer, better athlete, and has better tools than Romero,” Arum said.
Tank needs to beat Rolly to get a mega-fight against Ryan Garcia later this year. Thanks to Ryan’s massive following on social media, that’s a fight that will bring in enormous PPV buys.
“A lot of fighters, when they get frustrated with a promoter, they blame a promoter,” said Arum in reacting to being told that some boxing fans believe that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has stunted Tank Davis’ career.
“I can’t believe Floyd did anything wrong in promoting Tank Davis, but I don’t know,” said Arum.