Gervonta Davis v Rolando Romero results, highlights: ‘Tank’ overcomes slow start to score vicious TKO

For nearly all of the first six rounds of his fight against Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Rolando Romero put on a disciplined fight, using his reach and jab to keep Davis from doing a lot offensively. However, it only takes one punch from Davis to change a fight, and in the sixth round it ended in a thump.

Romero opened by tapping with the jab, using it both as a range finder and as a deterrent against Davis’ attempts to get inside and land his left hands and uppercuts. This strategy worked well for Romero as the rounds went on, with Davis circling the ring looking for opportunities to land rather than offload and control the action.

Romero also bent the rules almost to the point of breaking, using his elbows repeatedly and throwing Davis to the canvas after landing a clean right hand in the second round. He received several warnings from the referee although no points were taken for the repeated fouls.

Romero seemed to feel he had the right time to amp up his offense in round six as he chased Davis to the ropes and looked to unload with his wild punches. Davis calmly let loose with a left hand counter that caught Romero clean and sent him face first into the ropes before sliding to the canvas.

Romero managed to beat the count and get up, but the referee didn’t like Romero’s response to his instructions and forfeited the fight, giving Davis another knockout blow in an already packed young career. edge of end of combat. strokes.

“The crazy thing is, I didn’t even throw that hard,” Davis said of the fight-ending punch, comparing it to the one-hit knockout of Juan Manuel Marquez of Manny Pacquiao in 2012. “I just threw it and it ran right in thank goodness it’s good.

Both men’s punch was probably less than many were hoping for going into the fight. Both men – particularly Romero – had talked trash before the clash and there was significant bad blood between the two.

Instead of an all-out slugfest, both men were very calculated in their approach, with Davis only landing 25 punches in total to Romero’s 22.

Attention now turns to Davis’ future. The matchup with Romero was originally scheduled for last December when sexual assault allegations against Romero caused him to pull out of the fight, with Davis facing Isaac Cruz instead. Now that he’s gotten rid of his rival, the door is open for potential big fights for the “regular” WBA lightweight champion.

A fight with Ryan Garcia or the winner of the next undisputed lightweight title fight between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney could be in Davis’ future. These great fights were acknowledged by Davis, although he refused to call 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 plenty of ammo.”

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Davis vs. Romero fight card, results

  • Gervonta “Tank” Davis (c) beats. Rolando “Rolly” Romero via TKO in the sixth round
  • Erislandy Lara (c) vs. Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan via TKO in the eighth round
  • Jesus Ramos defeats. Luke Santamaria via unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 97-93)
  • Eduardo Ramirez defeated. Luis Melendez by majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 98-92)

Davis vs. Romero Scoreboard

Davis 9 9 9 ten 9 TKO 46
Romero ten ten ten 9 ten 49

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