Rolando Romero’s formula for victory Saturday night is simple.
According to the undefeated lightweight contender, Gervonta Davis’ defensive flaws, combined with his power, will lead to a quick knockout. The odds obviously favor Davis, at least 10-1 according to most sportsbooks, but Romero views Davis differently than promoters and fans who consider the knockout artist from Baltimore one of boxing’s most dangerous, entertaining fighters.
The 26-year-old Romero broke down during an open workout Wednesday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn the reasons why he’ll upset Davis in their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event Saturday night at nearby Barclays Center.
“I mean, there’s no way that I can’t be successful,” Romero told Premier Boxing Champions’ Ray Flores. “I mean, he’s easy to hit and I punch hard, harder than everybody he’s ever fought. I’m faster than everybody he’s ever fought, I’m more explosive than everyone [he’s ever fought]. I might actually be the most explosive fighter in boxing, in the history of boxing. I’m the most explosive fighter in the history of boxing. And he gets hit by everyone. Everyone that fights him is slow as hell, and he’s slow as hell. So, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t take one of these [right hands] to his face.”
The taller Romero might be the hardest puncher Davis has agreed to box during his ascent to stardom. The North Las Vegas, Nevada native is a full-fledged lightweight as well, something Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) considers different from some of the lighter fighters who’ve moved up to face Davis.
The 27-year-old Davis represents a steep step up in class for Romero, too. Whereas the heavy-handed, undefeated Davis has knocked out 24 of his 26 professional opponents, none of the last three boxers Romero has beaten – Jackson Marinez, Avery Sparrow or Anthony Yigit – have had more than eight knockouts when they fought him.
Nevertheless, Romero feels he has gained an advantage by getting under Davis’ skin during the promotion of a fight that was initially scheduled for December 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I live rent-free in [Davis’ head],” Romero said. “My whole team lives rent-free in there. And not just his head, [trainer] Calvin [Ford’s head], all of them over there. We all live rent-free in all their heads.”
The 12-round, 135-pound championship bout between Davis and Romero for Davis’ secondary WBA belt will headline Showtime’s four-fight pay-per-view show. The event is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET and costs $74.99.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.