Gervonta “Tank” Davis silences rival Romero with 6th round KO
The time for talk was officially over on Saturday night live from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn New York as Gervonta “Tank” Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) finally stepped in the ring to take on his long time rival Rolando “Rolly” Romero. Davis was able to land a hard counter left hand that sent Romero crashing face first into the ropes. "Rolly" beat the count on unsteady legs, and the referee stopped the bout, giving Davis yet another brutal TKO victory.
Davis fought a very measured and patient fight picking and choosing the shots he wanted to throw. Surprisingly enough the punch output for both men was pretty low. Davis only landed 25 total punches to 22 landed for Romero. Both men coming into the fight created the idea of an all out brawl. It was much more balanced on both sides. Prior to the knockout Davis was up on two of the three judges' scorecards 49-46 and 48-47, while Romero was ahead on the other, 48-47. Davis post fight was a lot more calm and appreciative of his opponent Romero which wasn’t the case going into the fight.
"He was strong for sure but it was a couple shots that I was getting warmed up and he caught me and I was like, 'I can't sit with him just yet,'" said the undefeated Davis. "I know when to take it to my opponents and when to chill out. There was someone in the crowd ... and they were telling me to press forward and I was like, 'Not yet, I got to loosen him up a little more.' ... I'm glad that we didn't fight the first time because I was so emotional."
The fight was originally scheduled in December, but Romero was pulled from the fight after he was accused of sexual assault. Instead, Davis struggled to a decision over Isaac Cruz. With Romero now in Davis’ rare view mirror the attention now turns to Davis' next fight.
A fight with Ryan Garcia or the winner of the upcoming undisputed lightweight title fight between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney could be in Davis' future. Those big fights were acknowledged by Davis, though he refused to call out anyone by name.
"I'm here, baby, I'm here," Davis said. "Whatever they want to do, I'm here baby. There's no safety on this Glock, you know? There's no safety on this Glock and I've got a lot of ammunition." As for Romero he kept the same energy he came with he still believes he’ll KO Davis his next fight which is highly unlikely.