Rolando “Rolly” Romero Unafraid Of The Power Of Gervonta Davis: “He’s Not Going To Hit Me”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Rolando “Rolly” Romero has yet to step into the ring with Gervonta Davis, he knows good and well the sort of explosive dynamite the multiple division world titlist has in his fists.
Having stopped 24 of the 26 opponents placed in front of him, Romero believes that Davis will be the most concussive knockout artist he’s ever faced. That said, however, Romero is confident that Davis has never experienced the sort of mind-numbing power he has at his disposal as well.
“By far,” said Romero to a group of reporters when asked if Davis is the heaviest puncher he’s ever faced. “By far,” repeated Romero when asked if he’ll be the hardest puncher Davis has ever fought.
On May 28th, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Romero’s ambitious words will be put to the test. In front of what’s expected to be a sold-out crowd, both Davis and Romero will meet in the center of the ring to slug it out.
After initially having his showdown against Davis jerked from underneath his feet, Romero was convinced that he would no longer be granted this opportunity. Roughly one month before squaring off on December 5th, 2021, Romero was pulled from their contest due to mounting allegations of sexual assault.
Shellshocked by the entire ordeal, Romero accepted his fate and instead, placed all of his efforts on clearing his name, something he would do successfully just a few months later. With Romero temporarily out of the picture, Isaac Cruz stepped in on relatively short notice.
While Davis kept his perfect record intact, Cruz pushed the Baltimore native like few others. Following Romero’s win in the courtroom, the truculent former interim titlist at 135 pounds re-entered negotiations with team Davis. As a result, both sides agreed to terms and will now face off on May 28th.
Outside of his unanimous decision victory against Cruz, Davis reeled off 16 consecutive victories before the sound of the bell. But, regardless of the powerful southpaw’s propensity for inflicting otherworldly pain on his opponents, Romero is under the belief that due to his defensive capabilities, the power of Davis will be rendered useless.
“He’s not going to hit me.”
Gervonta Davis On Heated Confrontation With Rolando “Rolly” Romero: “When It’s Face To Face It’s Way Different, He’s Soft”
By: Hans Themistode
Generally, Gervonta Davis isn’t the most loquacious person when he walks into a room. Even as his fight dates draw near, the Baltimore native is calm, cool, and collected while his opponents are animated and truculent.
However, despite his normally serene demeanor, Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero nearly came to blows, as the two came face to face in Brooklyn, New York, during a recent press conference.
A shirtless Romero stepped right into the mug of Davis, provoking the heavy-handed multiple division titlist even further. Davis puffed his chest out, pointed his finger directly in the face of Romero, and continued to scream in his face, saying words such as “I’m a show you”, “you trash” and “you a b*tch” – amongst other things.
For Davis, his emotional reaction, in his mind, was both warranted and to prove a point. Following years of consistent trash talk over social media, Davis wanted to test Romero. While the former interim titlist at 135 pounds jawed back, Davis was bombastic as he continued to use disparaging word after disparaging word.
Having gotten the opportunity to look Romero eye-to-eye, Davis believes his upcoming opponent showed weakness.
“It’s different when people are talking on Instagram or anything, they talk,” said Davis to BoxingInsider.com. “I seen him in interviews talk. When it’s face to face, it’s different, it’s way different. He’s soft.”
Originally, Davis was hoping to put an end to his rivalry with Romero on December 5th, 2021. Although both men signed on the dotted line, Romero was forced to withdraw from their contest and place his focus on allegations of sexual assault. Stepping up in Romero’s place, was rough and rugged contender, Isaac Cruz. Though Davis would pick up the win, Cruz pushed him like no other.
As Davis continued to trade hooks with Cruz in the center of the ring, Romero scored the fight-ending blow in the courtroom. The 26-year-old cleared his name of any wrongdoing several months after charges were levied upon him.
Now, with a clean slate, Romero will attempt to stretch his undefeated record to 15-0 come May 28th. Following a lackluster showing against Jackson Marinez in August of 2020, Romero reeled off two consecutive knockout victories.
Though Davis figures to be his most difficult opponent, Romero has shown hubris when asked how he expects his showdown against Davis to play out.
“I’m gonna knock him out in the first round,” said Romero to BoxingInsider.com. “He’s going to run right into something.”
Gervonta Davis Views Rolando “Rolly” Romero As A Top Five Lightweight
By: Hans Themistode
Gervonta Davis has heard his fair share of criticism over the selection of his opponent.
With the current Baltimore native set to defend his secondary 135-pound title against Rolando “Rolly” Romero on May 28th, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, oddsmakers have pegged Davis as a considerable favorite.
While Romero has been the source of criticism due to his lack of experience in big-time fights, many are under the assumption that the loquacious knockout artist will crumble underneath the power of Davis. However, despite the public denigration of his skills, Davis believes that Romero is a top-five fighter in the lightweight division.
“He gotta be,” said Davis during an interview with BoxingInsider.com when asked if Romero should be considered a top five lightweight. “He’s fighting me, he’s gotta be somebody in that conversation.”
Romero, a former interim lightweight titlist, has been frothing and craving a showdown against Davis. Although widely regarded as one of the best fighters in the sport, Romero is convinced that not only will he knock Davis unconscious, but he’ll do so in the very first round.
Regardless of his theatrics, Davis isn’t losing sleep over what he believes are empty threats. The 27-year-old former three-division world titlist was originally scheduled to face off against Romero on December 5th, 2021. But, due to mounting allegations of sexual assault, Romero was forced to withdraw from their upcoming bout. In doing so, the one-time interim titlist focused his efforts on clearing his name, something he would do successfully several months later.
While Romero dealt with his legal issues, Davis was ushered into a contest against the rough and rugged Isaac Cruz. Although Cruz enjoyed plenty of moments of success, Davis shrugged off a left-hand injury to register a unanimous decision victory.
As Davis now resumes training camp for his grudge match against Romero, the hard-hitting 27-year-old has no fear of what he brings to the table. That said, however, Davis knows good and well that once the opening bell rings, Romero will charge straight ahead in an attempt to render him comatose.
“I don’t take nothing from him. I know what he’s coming to do and it’s just up to me to just adapt and win.”
Rolando “Rolly” Romero Opens Up On Gervonta Davis Clash: “I Think It’s The Easiest Fight Of My Life”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Rolando “Rolly” Romero may hold an undefeated record through 14 professional bouts, oddsmakers believe his time as an unblemished fighter is coming to an end.
On May 28th, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Romero will take on hard-hitting multiple division titlist, Gervonta Davis. With Davis holding an undefeated record of his own through 26 ring appearances, the 27-year-old has rendered 24 of those opponents unconscious.
Still, while Davis might be known for his deleterious knockout power and sublime overall boxing skills, Romero isn’t worried about his upcoming opponent. In fact, even with Romero registering five of his 12 career knockouts in the very first round, he believes his showdown against Davis will be his most effortless victory.
“I think it’s the easiest fight of my life,” said Romero during an interview with FightHype.com. “People don’t realize it but I know what’s about to happen.”
It wasn’t too long ago when Romero, a former interim titlist at 135 pounds, believed that a matchup against Davis would never materialize. Initially, the two were set to square off on December 5th, 2021. However, following allegations of sexual assault, Romero was pulled from their upcoming bout.
With the 26-year-old vowing to clear his name, he placed his boxing career on hold while shifting his focus to his legal matters. Several months later, Romero was vindicated of all wrongdoing.
Once given the green light, Romero and Davis began negotiations to revive their heated clash. With an official date and venue locked into place, Romero is anxious to prove to his doubters and naysayers that he is in fact, the better fighter.
Ultimately, despite his bravado, oddsmakers have remained firmly behind Davis, tabbing him as a significant favorite.
Although often annoyed, Romero simply smiles as he listens to the countless voices continuing to question his chances. For those who are unaware of the hard-hitting former interim titlist, Romero takes the time to explain his attributes, as well as why his overall skillset will lead him to victory on May 28th.
“People don’t realize that I’m unbelievably explosive. I’m way faster than I appear. My timing? I land the most accurate shit. I don’t miss punches. I know where to hit you, I know where to hurt you.”
Gervonta Davis Vs. Rolando “Rolly” Romero Reportedly Set For May 28th, Clash In Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
By: Hans Themistode
Despite being highly disappointed in his removal from his original showdown against Gervonta Davis, Rolando “Rolly” Romero was confident that he would receive his chance sooner rather than later. Now, after clearing his name of sexual assault allegations, Romero was proven right.
Davis, a devastating puncher from Baltimore Maryland, will attempt to defend his WBA 135 pound secondary title against the former interim titlist, on May 28th. The pair are officially slated for an explosive contest at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
For Romero, although he’s relatively young in his 14 fight career, the 26-year-old has craved a showdown against Davis, one of boxing’s biggest stars. In an effort to drum up interest in their upcoming bout, Romero has antagonized Davis to no end.
Romero scratched, clawed, trash-talked and mostly fought his way to the biggest night of his pugilistic life. In 2021, Romero made quick work of both Avery Sparrow and Anthony Yigit, stopping both men identically in the seventh round.
Davis, on the other hand, has strung together his own impressive stretch of violent victories. First up for Davis, was a brazen move to 140 pounds to take former WBA secondary titlist, Mario Barrios in June of 2021. While Davis struggled early on, he eventually found his groove and ended their contest before the sound of the final bell.
For an encore, Davis attempted to zip the lips of Romero but as mentioned previously, their contest was pushed to the wayside. On relatively short notice, 135-pound contender Isaac Cruz stepped in to replace Romero.
Ultimately, Cruz proved to be both durable and relentless as Davis went on to eke out a close unanimous decision victory.
Rolando Romero: “Devin Is The Weakest Link”
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, Rolando Romero has expressed an extreme amount of dislike for Devin Haney. The two have gone back and forth over social media but have failed to face off in the ring.
Yet, despite Romero’s deep disdain for the current WBC lightweight champion, in actuality, he pities him.
“Devin is the weakest link,” said Romero during an interview with FightHype.com. “I really do feel bad for him. He’s going to fall and it’s going to hurt worse than anything. It’s not his fault that he was born with f*cked up genetics.”
Romero, 26, is referring to the one flaw he believes Haney has shown throughout the course of his career, the inability to take a flush shot. During a showdown against Jorge Linares earlier this year, Haney appeared to be in complete control. Yet, with the 23-year-old cruising along, Linares rocked him in the tenth round. While Haney would ultimately go on to win a wide decision, the WBC belt holder appeared visibly shaken.
In addition to what Romero believes is a suspect chin, the former WBA interim titlist went into details as chastised Haney repeatedly on the flaws in his overall game.
“Lack of power, fragile body frame, his weak legs, he’s ugly as f*ck. Like I just feel bad for him. He can’t do anything to change that cause he was born like that.”
Regardless of Romero’s scathing criticism, Haney continues to flourish. Most recently, the slick-hitting boxer cruised to a fairly one-sided victory against Joseph Diaz in his last ring appearance. Furthermore, Haney doesn’t seem to be taking the words of Romero to heart.
Following his victory over Diaz, Haney was spotted buying several pieces of expensive jewelry. But while the young and flamboyant belt holder has flaunted his wealth, Romero simply shrugs his shoulders as he views Haney’s spending habits as inconsequential to his overall fighting ability.
“Just cause you say ‘I have more money than you’, it doesn’t change. He’s weak as f*ck with no power.”
Rolando “Rolly” Romero Downplays The Skills Of Gervonta Davis: “He’s Not That Talented”
By: Hans Themistode
There’s a consensus building around Gervonta Davis, one that Rolando Romero vehemently disagrees with.
By and large, Davis is known for his resounding knockout power. Having stopped all but one of his 25 career opponents, Davis has gained the reputation of being one of the sport’s most feared punchers. While his biggest asset lies within his two fists, Davis has also received praise for his overall boxing ability.
Rolando, on the other hand, finds the skills of Davis rudimentary. While the 26-year-old Las Vegas, native acknowledges that Davis is a hard hitter, when it comes to his all-around features in the ring, Rolando has a difficult time giving Davis any credit.
“That’s the thing I don’t get,” said Rolando during an interview with AB Boxing News. “He’s not that talented. Everybody talks about his boxing skills but he literally gets punched by everybody.”
Unlike most of his opponents, Davis was recently forced to dive deeper into his bag of tricks than usual. On June 26th, earlier this year at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Davis opted to move up two weight classes to take on former WBA “Regular” titlist, Mario Barrios.
A noticeably wary Davis fought cautiously on the outside early on before finding his rhythm in the second half. Ultimately, Davis would continue his knockout winning ways as he floored Barrios in the eighth and 11th rounds before referee Thomas Taylor waved things off in the penultimate round.
Despite scoring the knockout victory over a much larger man, Romero is both unafraid and unimpressed with what Davis brings to the table. Although the Baltimore product’s knockout power is often lauded, Rolando believes he should be viewed as an even bigger puncher.
With 12 stoppage wins in 14 pro fights, including a seventh-round drubbing against Anthony Yigit earlier this year, Rolando is of the belief that once he connects on the chin of Davis, not only will their contest come to an end, but the life of Davis will dramatically change in the process.
“He’s never going to be able to fight after this shit. He won’t be able to process anything. We’re going to need a cart to f*cking push him around.”
Gervonta Davis Confirms Upcoming Showdown Against Rolando “Rolly” Romero On Showtime PPV, December 5th
By: Hans Themistode
There aren’t many who are clamoring to get into the ring with Gervonta Davis. After all, the hard-hitting Baltimore native has gone on to stop all but one of the 25 opponents he’s had in his brief career. But while Davis has shown the ability to end fights in the blink of an eye, Rolando “Rolly” Romero, has continually urged Davis to step foot inside the ring against him. After his persistent call-outs, Romero has had his wish granted.
“I’m back,” said Davis on his social media account. “Dec 5th at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Showtime PPV vs Rollie.”
Davis, 26, had grown tired of the constant trash talk hurled in his direction by Romero. In his most recent ring appearance, the Baltimore native opted to jump two weight classes to take on former WBA super lightweight “Regular” champion, Mario Barrios.
Despite Davis picking up the 11th round stoppage victory, Romero continued to antagonize him. Although the 25-year-old Romero campaigns at 135 pounds, he’s stated on numerous occasions that he would have no problem moving up to the 140-pound division to accommodate Davis. Currently, it is unknown at what weight class their contest will take place.
Romero’s self-belief that he’ll defeat Davis, no matter where their contest takes place, stems from not only believing he’s the better overall fighter, but also the concussive knockout power he’s displayed as well.
On July 17th, at AT&T Center in San Antonio Texas, Romero was set to take on Anthony Yigit in a 135-pound clash. However, Yigit stepped onto the scales one day prior weighing 140 ¼. Viewing Yigit’s added weight as inconsequential, Romero opted to take him on anyway. In spite of the weight differential, Romero dominated their matchup, registering two knockdowns before ending things violently in the seventh round.
With Romero claiming that he’ll not only beat Davis but conclusively stop him, he’ll get his opportunity on December 5th.
Eddie Hearn: “No Disrespect To Rolly But, I Just Don’t Think That’s A Difficult Fight For Devin Haney”
By: Hans Themistode
Fans have undoubtedly enjoyed the nonstop trash talk between WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, and former WBA interim titlist, Rolando “Rolly” Romero.
While Rolly has insisted that Haney is his “daughter” and he’ll baby him in the ring, Haney has responded by calling the skills of Rolly “trash.” Rather than continue to go back forth through social media, both fighters have expressed a willingness to put the phones down, pick up the gloves and settle things in the ring.
Eddie Hearn, former promoter Haney, believes that with everything that’s been said, a matchup between the pair would bring a ton of eyeballs to the television screen.
“I think that’s a fight that would have a lot of juice in it,” said Hearn on the Ak and Barak Show. “I think it’s a fight that would have a lot of beef in it. Therefore, it’s a fight that makes sense.”
With the WBA sanctioning body pushing forward to remove all interim titleholders across all weight classes, Rolly, subsequently, saw his year and a half-title reign come to an end. Recently, the Las Vegas, Nevada resident picked up a knockout victory over Anthony Yigit earlier this year in mid-July.
As for Haney, he’s continued to laugh at the mere thought that a matchup between himself and Rolly would be anything other than one-sided. Coming off the biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over former multiple division titlist Jorge Linares earlier this year, Haney is currently sifting through his options.
Just over a month ago, former 130-pound champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, successfully moved up in weight to take on Javier Fortuna. With the win, Diaz snagged the WBC interim title and is now the mandatory challenger to Haney and his full championship status. Since pulling off the win, Hearn has extended his hand in the direction of Diaz, in the hopes of lining up a showdown between him and Haney.
Although a contest between the WBC lightweight titlist and Rolly is the sexier matchup on paper, Hearn simply isn’t convinced that it would be competitive.
“I must say that the target remains JoJo Diaz for November for Devin Haney. That’s the fight we want to make because that’s a real fight. No disrespect to Rolly but, I just don’t think that’s a difficult fight for Devin Haney.”
Rolando “Rolly” Romero: “Devin Haney Is A Waste Of Time, I Want Gervonta Davis”
By: Hans Themistode
There is absolutely no love lost between Devin Haney and Rolando Romero.
The two have been seen on numerous occasions going back and forth on social media exchanging insults. Recently, Haney, the WBC lightweight champion, posted a video of himself on his Instagram account next to a pile of trash. The 22-year-old then proceeded to ruffle through the garbage while calling Romero’s name, insinuating that his long-time rival is an awful boxer.
Romero has since retaliated, calling Haney his daughter.
At one point, Romero wanted nothing more than to settle his beef with Haney in the ring. However, after taking a bit of time to look over his options, the 25-year-old WBA “Regular” titlist has someone else in mind.
“Devin Haney is a waste of time,” said Romero during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I want Gervonta Davis.”
Romero’s lack of interest in facing Haney, ultimately comes down to his fighting style. When juxtaposed next to Davis, the two approach the sport in vastly different ways.
In the case of Haney, the Las Vegas, Nevada resident has a tendency to outbox his opponents and take the safe approach. As for Davis, the three-division world champion has left virtually none of his contests in the hands in the hands of the judges.
Considering Romero’s own knockout power, a matchup between himself and Davis simply screams fireworks. That, and the long list of accomplishments he has under his belts, make him a much more intriguing opponent.
“Which one is the more entertaining fight? Which one is the more explosive fight? Which one is the more accomplished champion? I go after big fish, I don’t go after email champs. He’s a bum with no chin.”
In Haney’s most recent trip to the ring, the 22-year-old picked up a win against the highly-skilled, former multiple division titlist, Jorge Linares. While Haney was ecstatic to pick up the win, the manner in which he snagged victory has been heavily criticized.
After outboxing Linares early on, Haney was rocked by his man at the tail end of the tenth round. A visibly shaken Haney then opted to avoid long exchanges and instead, spent the remainder of their contest attempting to hold.
Although Linares is mostly lauded in boxing circles, in the mind of Romero, he’s nothing more than a past his prime older fighter.
“He got hurt by Linares, a frail ass fighter.”