By Dan Ambrose: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis’ coach Calvin Ford denies that his fighter intentionally was trying to injure Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero at Friday’s weigh-in when he pushed him off the stage from behind while he was flexing for the fans.
Whether it was an intentional move or not by WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Tank Davis (26-0, 24 KOs), the push was hard enough to cause Rolly to fall off the stage three to four feet to the ground below.
Rolly (14-0, 12 KOs) could have been injured from this poorly thought out move on the 27-year-old Gervonta’part in deciding to shove him from behind.
One could understand why Tank might have made this move to push Rolly off the stage if they watched the interaction between the two during Thursday’s final press conference.
Rolly was embarrassing Tank with his trash-talking. The way that Tank repeatedly said ‘What?’ when being trashed talked by Rolly made him look dimwitted and unable to keep up with the insults that were being fired left & right.
It was a mismatch with Rolly getting the better of Tank to the point where it needed to be stopped because the WBA champion was getting badly embarrassed. In hindsight, Tank would have been better off if he wore headphones and chosen not to interact with Rolly.
“Tank didn’t do anything to him to try and injure him. You got to remember, this is a major a** fight,” said Tank Davis’ trainer Calvin Ford to Fighthype, reacting to fans saying Gervonta intentionally tried to injure Rolly Romero by pushing him off the stage at the weigh-in.
“Come on with that bull s***,” said Calvin when told that Gervonta did clearly push Rolly off the stage. “You know it’s bull s***. You’re just like one of these dudes where if I touch you, you want a check.
“That’s the kind of s*** you’re on. That’s what the USA is on. Every time somebody tries to shoot somebody with some bull s***, and that’s bull s***. I don’t want to talk to you anymore.
“You’re not trying to play Devil’s advocate. You’re trying to turn something into nothing. Bullett has a right to be upset. Did I say anything wrong?
If he doesn’t want to take the fight, who’s fault that is? Tank is still going to do what? Moving on. Keep it real. We want to see a fight. Yeah, Gamboa,” said Calvin when asked if he’s ever seen Gervonta angry like this before.
“He pushed Gamboa. They [Tank & Rolly] don’t like each other. What part don’t you understand? It’s a fight,” said Calvin.