Davis v. Romero Grudge Match Heats Up
Tank Davis to Defend his WBA Lightweight Title against Rolly Romero on May 28th
There’s no love lost between Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero ahead of their upcoming title fight at Barclay Center in Brooklyn on May 28th.
Tank Davis is the heavy favorite in this match-up of undefeated power punchers – Davis (26-0-0, 24 KOs) and Romero (14-0-0, 12 KOs).
But Romero insists he’s going to knock Tank out
“Everybody’s underestimating me. I literally beat the crap out of everybody. And this is not going to change. He is going to get knocked out and that’s that.”
And this grudge match is high stakes – it’s a defense by 27-year-old Davis of his WBA World Lightweight Champion belt against the number one contender and mandatory challenger 26-year-old Romero.
According to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, “In boxing anything can happen – this is a dangerous fight for Tank.”
A hostile tone has been set by the fighters’ trainers.
Romero’s trainer Bullet Cromwell stated, “The motto is murder, murder, murder, kill, kill, kill. We’re just here to derail Tank’s train.”
Davis’ trainer Calvin Ford doesn’t deny that there’s unfinished business.
“These two guys have been going at it for years. It ain’t about the 0 this time, it’s about respect.”
And Davis believes that Romero is all talk.
“We’ll see come fight night when everybody is cheering against him – some people are made to do it and some people just talk their way through it.”
“It’s about respect. I’m a man, he’s a man – we’ve got our differences. We’ll see who’s the last man standing come fight night.”
Even though both fighters are represented by Floyd Mayweather’s company, that hasn’t made them friends. In fact, it seems that whatever proximity they have had has confirmed them as abject rivals.
The feud has had a while to simmer into a boil. It began with Romero talking trash and calling out Davis to fight him, which many put down to wishful thinking. But then the WBA made it mandatory for Davis to fight Romero, as the #1 contender for the lightweight belt. Thus began the escalation of what looks like an exceptional degree of contempt between the two.
Romero is known as a social media savant, or troll, depending on how you look at it, and he has made a sport of mocking Davis constantly on his social channels. Love him or hate him, jester or villain, Romero knows how to push people’s buttons on social media.
Davis, on the other hand, has preferred to settle his scores in the ring, and to let his record speak for itself. However, to Davis, Romero seems to have become what amounts to a pestering, hectoring thorn in his side. In fact, while Romero runs his mouth, Davis has accused Romero of being all talk, and of not being able to back it up, who will get his comeuppance in the ring.
The mandated match-up was rescheduled from 2021 into this year, which has provided more time for more logs to be thrown on the fire. While Davis has mostly ignored Romero and focused on promoting his image and success, including his 2021 victories over Mario Barrios and Isaac Cruz, he hasn’t tried to hide his contempt for Romero. At the same time, on social media and in every forum he gets, Romero has continued with his trolling attacks on Davis.
This is definitely a fight that is not to be missed! There’s a score to be settled here for sure, even if the fighters and their camps insist it’s just about business. Both sides predict that it won’t go the distance and that one of them will win by a stoppage.
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