By News Team
24th May 2022
Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero step into the ring on Saturday night in New York as the former defends his WBA (regular) lightweight title in what is set to be a fascinating affair.
Davis and Romero were originally set to do battle in December only for the bout to be postponed due to legal issues concerning the latter.
Five months on and the fight is now finally set to go ahead and we preview all the action below.
Davis favourite for another victory
In Gervonta Davis we have one of the most exciting talents in boxing. At the age of 27, he has already held multiple world championships across three weight classes, including at super lightweight, super featherweight and at lightweight, where he is the current WBA (regular) lightweight champion, while he has previously been ranked in boxing’s top 10 pound-for-pound rankings. With a 26-0-0 record, including 24 KOs, he represents a danger to any opponent.
Davis’ last victory came against Isaac Cruz in December, with Davis winning a 12-round decision in what proved to be a competitive fight. With Cruz now out of the way Davis is turning his attentions to Romero.
What’s clear is these two have a real dislike for each other, with every form of trash talk having been uttered by the duo when calling out the other. This should certainly add some additional sting to what looks like being a rather tasty fight.
At 1/10 to claim the victory, Davis heads into Saturday’s bout as the clear favourite and given his track record it’s not hard to understand why. His punch accuracy, defensive skills and his power are all hugely impressive and if he puts these into practice against Romero he should prove too strong on the night.
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Romero to spring a surprise?
A year younger than Davis, Romero also comes into this fight with an unbeaten record, while he won the WBA interim lightweight title back in 2020 against Jackson Marinez.
While Romero hasn’t fought in nearly a year after the original fight with Davis was cancelled, he competed two times in 2021 and won both of those inside the distance over Avery Sparrow and Anthony Yigit, which will give him some confidence heading into Saturday night’s bout.
As for Romero’s strengths, it is his size and power that are his greatest attributes. If Romero is to spring a surprise this weekend and cause a big shock in the lightweight division, he’ll need to tap into those areas when locking horns with Davis.
Romero is 11/2 for victory in New York, while the draw is priced at 20/1. Yet as mentioned, if Davis turns up with his A-game, it’s hard to see past the reigning champion successfully defending his title once more.