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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero: Fight Prediction, Undercard, Odds, Preview, Expert Picks, Showtime PPV

Confidence can be a fighter’s best friend or worst enemy. Rolando “Rolly” Romero is hoping his sky-high confidence will be enough to propel him into a sporting excitement over Gervonta “Tank” Davis in their second WBA lightweight title fight Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV – order now).

Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) certainly did the talking before the fight, drawing on a history of bad blood to spice up the fight – and himself.

“Everyone talks about it [whether I can outbox] Gervonta, but he’s not even a good boxer,” Romero said “Morning Kombat” before the fight. “Everyone punches him and everyone punches him in the face. They’re all smaller guys and low-weight opponents. And the only person who had a bloody pulse when they fought was ‘Pitbull’ Cruz and [he] has no boxing skills at all. Still, he knocked out the F— [Davis] and you’re talking to me about possibly outboxing Gervonta Davis? Shit.

“He’s got one of the best padded boards I’ve ever seen, and people don’t know that.”

Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) has emerged as one of boxing’s brightest stars in recent years, displaying a combination of speed and power that was far too much for any man he’s faced in the ring.

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Despite his talents, Davis’ power is his calling card. Only two men could ever take Davis the distance. Davis was on a streak of 16 straight knockouts that ended in his last fight, a narrow decision win over Cruz. During that run, Davis pulled off some of the sport’s biggest knockouts, including 2020’s Knockout of the Year, a crushing uppercut that put Leo Santa Cruz to sleep in a very competitive bout.

“I just want to show people that there are different levels to boxing,” Davis said at the final press conference. “There are people who play boxing and there are people who have been doing it since they were kids. It’s time to show that I’m one of those guys who shouldn’t be toyed with. It starts with him and it will continue. “

In the fight with Cruz, which Romero has pointed to as evidence of Davis’ lack of real quality, Davis sustained a hand injury mid-fight and had to fight his way through a tenacious and determined opponent. That Davis was able to shift gears and fight his way through both of those layers of adversity was a huge moment that showcased a deeper source of ability than many of Davis’ doubters might have believed he possessed.

Cruz entered the Davis fight late in the trial, representing Romero after sexual assault allegations surfaced. While Davis was expected to target well-known fighters such as Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney or undisputed lightweight king George Kambosos Jr. after the fight with Cruz, the fight with Romero was rebooked after no charges were filed against the 26-year-old. Years old when the allegations could not be substantiated.

Romero has a lot of power of his own having stopped 12 of his 14 opponents as a pro. His style is best described as “awkward,” which speaks to boxing’s lack of technical prowess, but with enough vigor to normally cover those technical deficiencies.

The only fight where Romero was unable to do so came in August 2020 in his fight with Jackson Marinez. Romero won the WBA interim title in that fight, but almost nobody outside of Romero and the three ringside judges saw Romero as a deserved win in a fight that Marinez completely controlled.

While the WBA considered a rematch between the two, the fight never materialized and Romero picked up two seventh-round knockout wins to set up a match with his rival.

The undercard fills up with three more fights on PPV. Veterans Erislandy Lara and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan fight for the second WBA middleweight title in the co-main event. Lara, 39, has three straight wins since a draw against Brian Castano and a loss to Jarrett Hurd in 2019 and 2018 respectively. O’Sullivan, 37, has won three of his last four, with the only loss coming by TKO to Jaime Munguia in January 2020.

Also, Jesus Ramos will take on Luke Santamaria in a junior middleweight contest. And Eduardo Ramirez takes on Luis Melendez in a junior lightweight competition to open the PPV celebrations. Before we jump to a prediction and select the main event below, let’s take a closer look at the Caesars Sportsbook odds.

Map Davis vs. Romero, odds

Gervonta Davis (c)-800

Rolando Romero +550

WBA (regular) lightweight title

Erislandy Lara -1600

Gary O’Sullivan +900

WBA (regular) middleweight title

Jesus Ramos-1100

Luke Santa Maria +700

junior middleweight

Eduardo Ramírez -370

Luis Melendez +290

junior lightweight

forecast

You can dig through boxing history and find cases of raw thugs who were the kryptonite of a top-flight fighter. These fights tend to be much more memorable because of the much more common occurrence of the better fighter simply outclassing their opponent. Can Romero prove Ricardo Mayorga for Davis’ Vernon Forrest? It’s certainly possible, but also very unlikely.

For all Romero’s talk of Davis getting boxed out and clean hits by every opponent, Romero defensively lets the larger openings. Romero swings toward the fences with almost every swing, squirming and leaving large holes for return fire while often throwing himself off balance in the process. Davis is simply the far better fighter and his power is as good if not better than Romero’s. Aside from Romero catching Davis clean with a fight-changing punch, it’s hard to see the fight not going out when Davis hits Romero clean early and often before ending the fight with a brutal flurry. Pick: Davis via TKO4

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