The UFC might per chance well per chance per chance be taking the weekend off, nevertheless there might per chance be a most foremost boxing pay-per-study happening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, May 28th.
WBA “traditional” light-weight champion Gervonta Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) defends his secondary title against Rolando Romero (14-0, 12 KOs), who was as soon as presupposed to face him final December sooner than he was as soon as pulled resulting from sexual assault allegations. No prison prices were filed after an investigation, so Romero is cleared to compete another time.
These are two mammoth punchers and apart from they’ve had a incompatibility with every assorted for months. Will the true fight are residing as much as the pre-fight histrionics? Here’s the rundown.
‘Tank’ Davis has established himself each and each as a significant vitality-puncher apart from to a must-witness attraction in-person. He’s expected to get hang of a mammoth crowd at Barclays, having already equipped out arenas in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and his put of delivery of Baltimore. His first foray within the pause-flight of the sport was as soon as a seventh-round stoppage of Jose Pedraza to preserve the IBF mammoth featherweight title. He lost that title on the scale after lacking weight for his bout against Francisco Fonseca on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. In extra fresh instances, Davis went as much as light-weight and stopped a extinct nevertheless tricky Yuriorkis Gamboa to preserve the WBA’s secondary light-weight belt, spectacularly KO’d Leo Santa Cruz serve down at 130 lbs in 2020, and then went as much as 140 lbs helpful Mario Barrios his first defeat final June. When the Romero fight was as soon as known as off, tricky and rugged Mexican puncher Isaac Cruz stepped up on short sight and build in a credible displaying, leading to a transparent nevertheless uncommon resolution preserve for the 27-365 days-vulnerable Davis.
Interestingly ample, this is the final fight of Davis’ contract with Mayweather Promotions, and there are no indications that Davis needs to renew. Here’s valuable if finest because it might per chance perhaps per chance per chance be one in every of the reasons we’ve viewed Davis not in fact grab on mammoth serious challenges at light-weight all the plan via the last couple of years. Probably the biggest and finest fights for Davis will materialize if/when he indicators with a brand fresh promoter.
Romero debuted as a pro in 2016, racking up the knockouts against nondescript opposition in a string of developmental fights. In his 12-round debut for the WBA intervening time light-weight title against Jackson Marinez in 2020, Romero won an extremely arguable unanimous resolution, along side a ludicrous 118-110 scorecard in a fight many had Marinez a hit. He’s since answered with TKOs of Avery Sparrow and Anthony Yigit, each and each short sight opponents and in Yigit’s case he stuffed in a couple of days out while prepping for a fight against any person else. The Yigit bout resembled an MMA match at instances, nevertheless Romero knocked the Swede down three instances and received the pause.
I’m not going to downplay this fight from an leisure standpoint, nevertheless on paper this doesn’t figure to be all that competitive. I’ve been unsafe plenty, so grab what I convey with a grain of salt, nevertheless this is not the extent of opponent Davis must be going via this deep into his occupation and in a weight class as unbiased exact as light-weight.
Romero’s finest preserve in fact can also composed’ve been a loss and it’s not adore Jackson Marinez is something else assorted than a fringe contender. Here’s a huge leap in opponents for him and from what he’s showcased he’s in fact unbiased exact received a puncher’s likelihood and that’s it. He’ll have a height unbiased exact thing about about 2.5 inches and not like Davis he’s a occupation light-weight, so he can also strive to lean on his physicality and witness to replicate some of Cruz’s own tough-housing as a vogue of disturbing Davis. Gervonta isn’t a defensive wizard nevertheless his chin has held up fairly successfully.
Finally, Davis has the bustle, accuracy, and vitality that is superior every which method to Romero’s that Rolando’s size advantage is seemingly going to be nullified fairly emphatically. Gervonta does his finest work off the counter and he has one in every of primarily the most lethal uppercuts in boxing (unbiased exact quiz Leo Santa Cruz). Add in his punishing physique work and rapid left hook and I imagine that while Romero will strive to be aggressive and match fire with fire, there’s too great coming serve in return from one in every of the extra talented punchers within the sport.
DraftKings Sportsbook has Davis at -1100 odds to Romero’s +650 underdog designate. Looks to be about unbiased exact to me!
Gervonta Davis by KO-5.
What’s on the undercard?
The co-valuable match is a shambles. Fully nobody in their unbiased exact thoughts would have any passion in Erislandy Lara against Spike O’Sullivan as a competitive fight. Lara can also also be very great hit-or-creep over leisure wise nevertheless he’s a extremely sound technician who might per chance well per chance have a tremendous skill advantage over the Irishman. O’Sullivan can also also be a enjoyable fighter nevertheless he isway outmatched for any model of Lara and can practically undoubtedly lose badly.
The lots of two valuable card bouts are after all compelling and adore minded. Jesus Ramos (18-0, 15 KOs) takes on Luke Santamaria (13-2-1, 7 KO) within the junior middleweight division, while Eduardo Ramirez (26-2-3, 12 KO) kicks off the PPV against Luis Melendez (17-1, 13 KO) in a mammoth featherweight contest. Ramos is a heavy-handed 21-365 days-vulnerable with alternative upside, nevertheless the 24-365 days-vulnerable Santamaria has some private historical previous with Jesus by virtue of beating his uncle Abel Ramos in February. It’s an difficult conflict of kinds that can convey us plenty about each and each opponents. Ramirez can also also be a extra stinging puncher than his KO ratio suggests, and he’s on a four-fight a hit hotfoot. Melendez unbiased exact had a occupation-finest preserve over Thomas Mattice, who’s a long way extra formidable than the opponents he’d been going via.
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero charges $74.99 on Showtime PPV and can open at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.