For as long as he’s been in a position to demand a big fight, Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero never stopped calling for a showdown with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
His promoter couldn’t have been more pleased to put together that matchup, if only to avoid having to explain why he wouldn’t have another fight lined up for the foreseeable future.
“The Tank fight was all Rolly talked about,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions told BoxingScene.com. “There was no other fight on his radar. He’s been very vocal about what he wants and what he wants is Tank. That’s all he told us, ‘I want to fight this motherf-----. I’m knocking him the f--- out.’
“He told me that, he told Floyd [Mayweather, president of Mayweather Promotion and Hall-of-Fame former five-division champion] that, he told Al [Haymon, Romero’s adviser] that. He let us know every day, he wants this opportunity and doesn't want to hear about any other fight.”
The bout is set for December 5 on Showtime Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Baltimore’s Davis (25-0, 24KOs) will put his WBA “World” lightweight title on the line versus Las Vegas’ Romero (14-0, 12KOs), the mandatory challenger to the belt.
Romero previously held an interim title which he never had the chance to defend due to back-to-back opponents missing weight for separate fights in 2021. Justin Pauldo was more than three pounds over the limit before being removed due to medical reasons, replaced by Avery Sparrow whom Romero stopped inside of seven rounds this past January. The brash lightweight needed the same amount of time to put away Anthony Yigit, who was permitted to go through with their fight this past July despite coming in well over the lightweight limit.
After the knockout win over Yigit, Romero made a point to call out Davis—and then called the top brass at Mayweather Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions nonstop until the fight was secured.
“He’s not here for the check, or just to be on Pay-Per-View,” Ellerbe insists. “Rolly knows if he wins, he’s boxing’s next superstar. He’s already making himself known in his own way. He has his fans and probably has more people who can’t stand him but are going to pay to see if he loses. He’s done an incredible job of selling himself and he’s very vocal about what he wants. He is extremely confident that he’s knocking Tank the f--- out.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox