By Sean Jones: Embarrassing sparring footage was leaked this week, showing light welterweight fringe contender Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero getting dropped & hurt by super featherweight prospect J’Hon Ingram was released on Youtube.
What was surprising was that Romero (14-1, 12 KOs) was caught with the same left hook that WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis tagged him with in knocking him out in the sixth round in their fight last May on Showtime PPV at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 27-year-old Rolly, despite being much older and bigger than the 22-year-old Ingram (3-0, 3 KOs), was flattened by him and on shaky legs after he got back to his feet.
The way Rolly looked, he would have been quickly finished off by Ingram if the sparring had continued. There was literally no way Rolly could have survived if the sparring had been allowed to continue after that knockdown.
Rolly not learning
What’s troubling is that Rolly fails to learn from his past mistakes. Smart fighters learn from their defeats and don’t make the same critical errors that led to them losing. In Rolly’s case, he’s NOT learning and making the same mistake as he did against Gervonta, which led to his knockout loss.
Many boxing fans believe Rolly’s career is over after his loss to Tank, and he’ll never amount to anything in the 140-lb division. First off, Rolly lacks the defense to compete with the better-skilled fighters in the light welterweight division because you’ve got to possess skills to compete with the top dogs in that weight class.
Does Rolly have a future at 140?
Even the fringe contenders at 140 would feast on the badly flawed Rolly Romero. If you threw Rolly in with one of the lower-ranked light welterweight contenders like Brandun Lee, Steve Sparks, and Gary Antuanne Russell, they would clean Rolly’s clock.
There’s a lot to say about Rolly never deserving a world title shot against Tank Davis in the first place. Rolly had never beaten anyone to earn a title shot against the unbeaten WBA secondary lightweight champion Gervonta last May.
The ONLY reason Rolly got the fight is that he was a good talker, and the same company promoted him as Tank Davis in Mayweather Promotions.
Rolly’s best wins before fighting Tank were against these fighters:
- Anthony Yigit
- Jackson Marinez – controversial
- Avery Sparrow
- Arturs Ahmetovs