Gervonta Davis stops Romero in 6th, retains lightweight beltGervonta Davis stops Romero in 6th, retains lightweight belt

“I didn’t even throw it that hard and he’s the one who ran into it, when he was talking that it was going to be me,” Gervonta Davis says after win

Gervonta Davis seemed annoyed enough by all Rolando Romero’s talking to lightly shove him off the stage at their weigh-in.

He hit Romero a lot harder Saturday.

Davis regained his knockout power and retained his lightweight title Saturday night, stopping Romero in the sixth round.

Gervonta Davis, left, punches Rolando Romero during the first round of a WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Sunday, May 29, 2022, in New York. Davis won in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Davis landed a crushing left hand near the corner and Romero fell forward into the ropes. He struggled and got up but was wobbly the whole way and referee David Fields ended the fight.

“The crazy thing is that I didn’t even throw it that hard. He just ran into it,” Davis said.

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) had to go the distance in his last win for only the second time in his career, and Romero said that showed the three-division champion was vulnerable.

If Davis was, it wasn’t for long. He appeared to hurt his left hand on a punch in the fifth round, but there was nothing wrong with it in the next.

Shortly after he left the ring, many fans attempting to depart Barclays Center ran back in toward the arena floor, some even leaping up into the ring in panic after there was a loud noise outside an exit. Security held some fans in one area for a time until it was deemed safe to leave.

A New York City police spokesman told The Associated Press that the noise outside the arena was a “loud disturbance,” and said there was no shooting. The spokesman said there was reports of some minor injuries due to the commotion.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was among the frantic fans at Barclays Center. She took to Twitter and posted that she was “petrified.”

“I heard shouting and saw people running, then we were being yelled at that there was an active shooter and we had to huddle in a room and close the doors, I was so (expletive) petrified man,” the four-time grand slam champion tweeted. A short time later, she added: “I really hope everyone made it out safely, since I’m tweeting this we made it out ok.”

I was just in the Barclays center and suddenly I heard shouting and saw people running, then we were being yelled at that there was an active shooter and we had to huddle in a room and close the doors, I was so fucking petrified man.

— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 29, 2022

Romero lost for the first time in 15 pro fights, but wasn’t done talking after doing so much of it in the weeks leading up to the fight. In fact, he wants another one.

“I won all six rounds,” Romero said. “I won every moment of that fight, I exposed him and we need to run that (fight) back.”

It was an electrifying end to the return of big-time boxing in Brooklyn, where Davis won his first title in 2017. He drew an arena-record 18,970 for this fight, with the first big card at Barclays Center since before the pandemic began two years ago including Madonna and a number of stars from sports.

Davis and Romero were supposed to fight in December, but the challenger was taken off the card while a sexual assault claim against him was investigated. Davis went on to beat replacement Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision, after having knocked out every opponent since 2015.

Gervonta Davis, right, knocks down Rolando Romero during the sixth round of a WBA lightweight championship boxing bout early Sunday, May 29, 2022, in New York. Davis stopped Romero in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The fight was then rescheduled after no charges were filed against Romero and the buildup featured plenty of trash talking from the challenger. Davis laughed off most of the talk, until pushing Romero on Friday and learning something about how to handle his opponent.

“I knew that I could get into his head, just from when we weighed in,” Davis said.

Romero repeatedly boasted he would knock out Davis in one round, but the only meaningful punches in the first three minutes were landed during a fight in the stands. He did score well with some shots in the second, but then lost a chance to follow up when he shoved Davis to the canvas as they clenched.

The fight was fairly even through four rounds and Davis appeared to be on his way to his most dominant round in the fifth when the Baltimore native suddenly grimaced — though said afterward his hand wasn’t hurt. Whatever the problem was didn’t last very long.

“I didn’t even throw it that hard and he’s the one who ran into it, when he was talking that it was going to be me,” Davis said.

With both fighters promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Romero claimed they were supposed to spar on multiple occasions, but Davis backed out. He finally got his chance less than 10 years ago after beginning his boxing career, having switched from judo at 17.

He was the No. 1 ranked contender but clearly still a long way from Davis’ level.

Rolando Romero reacts after being knocked down by Gervonta Davis during the sixth round of a WBA lightweight championship boxing bout early Sunday, May 29, 2022, in New York. Davis won in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

“Tank Davis is on another level,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said. “He showed you why he’s one of the best fighters in the world.”

After walking to the ring while hearing plenty of boos from the pro-Davis crowd, Romero bounced off the ropes and hopped around defiantly. Davis then entered and danced right over to Romero’s corner and stared at him, as if ready to start fighting right then.

Once it did start, he needed a few rounds to warm up before figuring out and then finishing Romero.

In the co-feature, Erislandy Lara, the longtime 154-pound champion who has moved up to 160 and won a title, stopped Gary O’Sullivan 23 seconds into the eighth round. Lara (29-3-3, 17 KOs) landed a hard left and appeared set to finish O’Sullivan in the closing seconds of the seventh before the bell rang. O’Sullivan was allowed to start the eighth but the Cuban drove him back with another hard left and referee Benjy Esteves waved an end to the fight.

TheGrio is FREE on your TV via Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, and Android TV. Please download theGrio mobile apps today!

The post Gervonta Davis stops Romero in 6th, retains lightweight belt appeared first on TheGrio.

About Us

Vinegar Hill Magazine is a space that is designed to support and project a more inclusive social narrative, to promote entrepreneurship, and to be a beacon for art, culture, and politics in Central Virginia.

Categories

Recent News

CIM Project, Politics

Public Violence, Our Trusty Companion 

by Katrina Spencer This story was published as a part of Charlottesville Inclusive Media Project's: First Person C-Ville “A billion people died on the news tonight But not so many cried at the terrible sight… Who's the one to decide that it would be alright To put...

Past Publications

You May Also Like

Judge Mathis’ Daughter Speaks Out About Mental Health

Judge Mathis’ Daughter Speaks Out About Mental Health

Jade Mathis knows what it’s like to be a Black woman living with depression. Mathis, 36, the oldest child of the famous syndicated TV Judge Greg Mathis, was diagnosed with depression and ADHD in 2006. After years of struggling, Mathis has found a way to survive and...

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney dies in car crash

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney dies in car crash

The 25-year-old TCU standout and former Minnesota Viking had just signed to the Cardinals Jeff Gladney, a defensive back for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, died Monday in a car crash in Dallas. He was 25. Gladney’s death was confirmed by the Cardinals and his agent. “We...

FBI investigating Basquiats in Orlando exhibit

FBI investigating Basquiats in Orlando exhibit

The museum claims Basquiat was 22 when he first painted several pieces of cardboard in 1982 The FBI is questioning the authenticity of 25 works that one Orlando museum touts as originals by famed artist Basquiat. As reported by the New York Times, in a federal...