Rolando “Rolly” Romero likely out of Gervonta Davis fight after sexual assault allegations
In a strange turn of events in the sport of boxing, “Rolly” Romero will no longer get the opportunity to fight his rival Gervonta Davis. The build up and hype was there. However, a young woman has come out against Romero accusing him of sexual assault.
The young woman took to Twitter detailing the encounter with the boxer saying the incident occurred in Romero’s apartment. She later stated on Twitter that she filed a police report Friday night. The date of the alleged incident was not known when this story was posted. Since the initial Twitter post more women have come forward with similar stories. Romero now faces multiple accusers.
Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports and event programming, released a statement mentioning his frustrations on the matter. “Obviously, these are disturbing allegations and we’re very concerned,” Espinoza told BoxingScene.com. “It’s a developing situation and we are monitoring the facts as things develop. We haven’t made any decisions yet, so we’re not gonna comment at this time, other than to say that we are monitoring it very closely.”
With the fight more than likely being off Showtime is now scrambling to find an opponent for the champion Davis. A name to keep an eye on as a potential replacement for Romero is Mexican contender Isaac Cruz (21-1-1, 15 KOs). It still isn’t clear if Cruz would be willing to take such a difficult fight on short notice. Cruz, 23, is the WBA’s seventh-ranked lightweight contender, five spots beneath the second-ranked Rivera.
Regardless of the matter Romero won’t get the opportunity to fight his long time rival and all the trash talk leading up to the fight was all for nothing. Espinoza spoke on potential replacements “If that turns out that we need a replacement opponent there are guys that we’ve already lined up, “because you just have to do that. That’s the world we live in these days. “We were as surprised as anybody else,” he said of the accusations against Romero.