The feud between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero culminated on Saturday night at the Barclays Center. Every form of trash talk and offensive comments had come out of their respective mouths when talking about one another during the buildup.
Fireworks were expected with the knockout artists. Instead, however, we got a more tactical affair from Davis and Romero, but it felt like a matter of time before "Tank" became unleashed. One dynamite counter straight left hand sent Romero face-first into the ropes, and when he got up, the referee didn't like the reaction from Romero and waved it off at 2:39 of the sixth round. DAZN had Romero ahead 48-47 at the time of the stoppage.
Romero (14-1, 12 KOs) boasted to anyone who'd listen that he was going to KO Davis in the first round. Instead, Romero surprised Davis by coming out trying to establish the jab.
And that is what we saw from both guys as they were respectful of the other's power. Not many punches were thrown, but as the fight was going on, Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) was getting closer to connecting with the left hand. When the sixth round came around, Davis had Romero figured out.
The sixth was looking to be another close round. Romero leaned down and connected on a right to the body. But Romero left his head exposed, and that was all Davis needed as he released a left to finish things off.
Now, what is next for Davis? Fans are tired of Davis feasting on second-rate opposition. They want him to face the best the lightweight division has to offer. Fellow lightweight star Ryan Garcia was at the fight and checking Davis out. It's a fight many want to see.
"There's no safety on this glock," Davis said about facing Garcia next.
Here is what happened at Gervonta Davis vs. Rolly Romero.
Davis def. Romero via TKO at 2:39 of the sixth round.
A couple of jabs to the body from Romero. Romero widely misses a right. Romero lands a left. Romero goes for a right, and Davis counters with a flush left, and Romero goes into the ropes. Romero makes it to his body and follows the referee's instructions. But he doesn't have his legs under him and are shaky. That is enough for the referee to stop the fight. Very good stoppage.
Davis barely misses a left while Romero narrowly misses a right. A jab by Romero while Davis counters with a stiff left. Right to the body from Romero. Davis grimaces after throwing a left. A right lands for Romero. Body shot lands for Davis. Romero cracks a right of his own. (10-9 Davis, 48-47 Romero)
Each guy is feeling each other out to start the third. Romero is setting everything up with the jab. A left over the top lands for Romero.Romero with the jab. Romero lunges with a left to the body, and Davis counters with a straight left. Romero is pawing with the jab while Davis continues to look for an opening. (10-9 Romero, 30-27 Romero)
Still much of the same at the beginning of the second. Out of nowhere, Romero lands a left that staggers Davis to the ropes. Another left catches Davis' attention as he's in a bit of trouble. About 30 seconds left in the round, Davis lands a straight left of his own. Good round for Romero. (10-9 Romero, 20-18 Romero)
It is time for the main event as Gervonta Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) battles Rolly Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) for Davis' WBA (regular) lightweight title. The time for talking is done. Can Romero finish Davis in round one as predicted?
After nearly sending O'Sullivan down for the second time in the seventh, Lara closed the show early in the eighth. A power straight left almost dropped O'Sullivan as he staggered to the ropes. He landed an overhand left and the referee put an end to the onslaught.
It's time for the co-main event of Davis vs. Romero as Erislandy Lara (28-3-3, 16 KOs) and Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (31-4, 21 KOs) square off for Lara's WBA (regular) middleweight title. Don't be mistaken, Gennadiy Golovkin is the WBA (super) 160-pound champion. Nothing more than a paper title Lara is defending,
Up next at Davis vs. Romero is Luke Santamaria (13-2-1, 7 KOs) facing off with Jesus Ramos (18-0, 15 KOs) in super welterweight action. Santamaria beat Ramos' uncle in his last time. Can Jesus defend the family name?
Ramirez def. Melendez via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 98-92).
Not too sure about 98-92 for Ramirez. Had Melendez winning the bulk of the first half of the fight. But Ramirez came on starting in the fifth round and didn't look back. He was more active, pounded the body, and rocked Melendez with time winding down in the tenth and final round.