Nobody said it was going to be easy. And it wasn’t! The boxing match between Rolando Romero, a.k.a., Rolly and WBA (World Boxing Association) lightweight champ, Gervonta Davis, a.k.a., Tank was a showstopper. The sold-out event featured in grand style at Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center. Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) went toe-to-toe against Rolando Romero (14-1, 12 KOs) in an action-packed bout that brought the crowds to their feet.
Rolando Romero lost by technical knockout (TKO) in round six of 12 to Gervonta Davis on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
The adrenaline-loaded bout between Romero and Davis got top billing in the boxing world. Granted, Romero got Davis to hold on at times, especially after he got rocked by several hard-hitting shots. But the southpaw from Maryland has a powerful left hand which does damage to his opponents time and again. He has a 67 1/2 inch reach, and a height of 5 feet 5 1/2 inches – not the tallest, but not the shortest either.
Top Boxing Odds
Going into the match between Rolando Romero and Gervonta Davis, sportsbooks gave odds of -625 to Davis i.e. favorite status and Rolando Romero odds of +450 – the underdog. For sports bettors, it was a high-risk proposition for you guys to make a quick hundred bucks – $625 upfront for a $100 return. For Romero fans, a $100 bet would have generated a $450 return for you – but that wasn't to be on the night.
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Proposition bets on a TKO or KO or DQ for Davis were at -400. While equally unflattering for sports bettors, these odds required less of an upfront risk ($400 for a $100 return). Both fighters worked hard to sell the fight to audiences around the world, with a huge war of words erupting ahead of the match.
Gervonta Tank Davis: Quick Stats
What's impressive about Davis is his ability to effortlessly conquer multiple divisions. He boasts belts across the super lightweight, lightweight, and super featherweight divisions. His chiseled physique and impressive presence in the ring make him a menacing force to his opponents. With 27 wins, zero losses, and 25 by way of knockout or technical knockout, it's hard to argue this man's credentials. A quick look at the stats indicate a 93% knockout ratio – that takes some doing.
Rolando Rolly Romero: Quick Stats
Rolando Romero is no slouch in the ring. At a weight of 135 pounds (61.36 kg) and at just 26 years of age, this Las Vegas pugilist fine-tuned his skills at the Mayweather Boxing Club. From humble beginnings in a violent neighbourhood in Las Vegas, Romero put his energy into judo, along with his sister Angelica (a seven-time judo national champion). He won plenty of tournaments in judo, but finished second at national tournaments that he competed in. He started boxing at the age of 16 at Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym, encouraged by his father Rolando Romero Sr.
By the age of 18, Romero’s blossoming amateur career featured a record of 25-10 in the third place berth at the Olympic trials in 2015. Of course, it was Floyd Mayweather who turned his fortunes around at the Mayweather Boxing Club. It was November 2016 when Floyd Mayweather signed him. Romero likes to think of himself as a combination of Roberto Duran and Prince Naseem Hamed. Some of the notable victories that Romero has enjoyed include Avery Sparrow in 2021, and a huge knockout over Anthony Yigit later on that year. He's a fighter with a lot of heart, and this recent loss will likely serve as an important learning opportunity in his career.
The Knockout Punch – Final Word
Granted, many fighters may find Romero's crazed antics in the ring intimidating, but the disciplined approach adopted by Davis saw him through to another well-deserved victory. Romero was quoted as saying… ‘I'm the superstar here. I'm going to go in there and beat him up. That's my only gameplan. Make your money betting on me in this fight. We are all going to get rich together.’ Clearly, Davis had other designs and the fight – like so many others – had a life force of its own. It’s unclear what faces these fighters next, but one of them is going back to the drawing board – that's for sure.