- Tarrian Rodgers
Gervonta Davis to fight rival Rolly Romero December 5 at Staples Center
Rivalries in boxing are always fun, but what happens when you put two guys in the ring that absolutely hate each other? The answer to the question will be settled December 5th at Staples Center when Gervonta “Tank'' Davis will fight Rolando “Rolly”Romero.
Romero has repeatedly called for a showdown with Davis. Romero has often taken to social media slandering Davis bringing up his legal allegations and other forms of trash talk. His outspoken nature makes it a grudge match of epic proportions. The build up to this fight will be entertaining to say the least. Rolly's most recent take was "Rolly putting this kid to sleep on Dec. 5," Romero wrote on Instagram. "Bet the house on Rolly."
This was not a fight that Davis had to take in fact. He has more to lose than an actual gain. Davis was instructed to inform the sanctioning body which of his three titles he planned to defend next. Davis gave up the junior lightweight belt, asking for permission to retain the other two at least through his next fight at which point he will be required to give up at least one belt. That’s if he wins.
"These two guys, they despise each other," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN. "Ten years from now these guys will still hate each other. It's a terrific fight, this will be like a modern day Hagler-Hearns fight from the opening bell. Tank's the most exciting fighter in the entire sport and Rolly is a very exciting knockout puncher himself. This fight will definitely end in a knockout."
This fight should definitely end in a knockout. Davis brings extreme knockout power and is currently ranked as the #4 fighter according to ESPN (25-0, 24 KOs). Davis' last few fights he has sold himself as the next big boxing PPV draw. Davis made his PPV debut in a sensational sixth-round knockout of former four-division titlist Leo Santa Cruz last Halloween. Davis made his junior welterweight debut in his most recent fight and that ended in a 11th round knockout of Mario Barrios.
The bout versus Romero will bring Davis’ return to lightweight, where he claimed a vacant secondary WBA title in a 12th round knockout of Yuriorkis Gamboa. Romero is pegged as a future star that has drawn comparisons to Ricardo Mayorga. He is a free flowing slugger and a huge trash talker from Las Vegas. Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) is coming off consecutive TKO victories over Avery Sparrow and Anthony Yigit. The July victory was the toughest opposition of his career.
The interesting aspect of this fight is Floyd Mayweather promotes both fighters. With Mayweather pushing both fighters and the already existing trash talk we should be in for an entertaining show.