NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — If this was about exchanging insults, Gervonta Davis might not be the best this time around.
Rolando Romero knows how to talk and he has done a lot of it in the face of his confrontation this Saturday night. He has hurled insults and made fun of everything from Davis’ track record to the size of his head.
When it comes to trading blows, Davis insists it will be another story in a heated lightweight title showdown between undefeated fighters in Brooklyn.
“I feel like the time for talking is over. It’s time to face each other,” Davis said.
He has been able to go from words to deeds for a long time, not only at the highest level of boxing, but in the sport itself. When it’s time to stop babbling and start throwing punches, he believes there will be a big difference against a challenger who has half as many pro fights.
It is the main event of a pay-per-view function and the first major boxing event in Brooklyn since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago. The Barclays Center is where Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) won his first championship in 2017.
Since then, it has been drawing huge crowds from one end of the country to the other and has won titles in three different categories.
At 27, he has become one of the biggest names in boxing, though Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) argues he did it by beating smaller fighters and carefully selecting his opponents, many powerless. of fists.
Romero has touted that he will knock Davis out in one round. And he didn’t back down when he was asked about his vision for what will happen on Saturday night.
“Crushed tank on the ground,” he said.
Davis alternates between annoyance and amusement at the antics of Romero, 26, who is facing the most important appointment of his career that does not reach 10 years. He only got into the sport after switching from judo at age 17, which gives Davis a significant round advantage in the ring.
Davis seemed frustrated enough by Romero to push him offstage at Friday’s weigh-in, forcing the fighters to be separated.
“There are definitely levels when it comes to boxing. There are those who play with the sport and there are those who have practiced it since we were children. You have someone who has been doing it since they were 7 and those who have been doing it since they were 17. It’s like ‘come on brother’. It is time to show that I am one of them”.
The fight was scheduled for December before Romero walked off the card as authorities investigated allegations of sexual assault against him. There were no charges.