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Few fighters today have the power of fists Gervonta Davis, and the undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion proved it again on Saturday night by destroying challenger Rolando “Rolly” Romero with a brutal left hand that dropped him in the sixth round of their fight at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.
It was Gervonta “Tank” Davis’ first fight since the big battle against Mexican Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz that he narrowly won by disputed decision.
Though Romero, who had assured time and time again that he would win by knockout in the first round, managed to get to his feet, he was knocked outalmost motionless, as seen in videos from Showtime, which broadcast the fight on PPV.
The referee wisely did not let him continue so “Tank” Davis successfully defended his crown and added another impressive knockout to his list. He now he has won all 27 of his fights and 25 of them were before the limit.
Davis’s knockout was reminiscent of one of the most memorable KOs in recent boxing history.
10 years ago, the Mexican Juan Manuel Márquez struck down the Filipino Manny Pacquiao in the fourth battle between the two boxing immortals. The winning takedown it also came in the final minute of the sixth round and also with a devastating counterpunch.
Obviously there are differences: Marquez’s punch – an orthodox boxer – was straight right and Davis’s, who is southpaw, was left and in the form of a hook. But both sequences were similar, in the same part of the ring right in front of the celebrities and both fighters were knocked out face down.
After decreeing the technical knockout, Davis got on one of the corners of the ring and then approached Romero to make fun of him, in a very common gesture from the 27-year-old, though it’s fair to say that Romero, being the challenger, never showed Davis any respect.
Now 14-1, the Las Vegas fighter talked too much. Still in the locker room before the fight, Romero told reporter Jim Gray that he would knock Davis out in round 1 and that his opponent had a very big head and that’s why he was so sure he would land him.
The offensive statements between them were accompanied on Friday by an incident at the weigh-in ceremony, when Davis gave Romero a little push while they both posed on the platform and the challenger fell from itcausing a riot.
A few minutes later, being interviewed in the ring, Davis showed better composure and thanked Romero for the fight and wished him good luck in his career. The champion has plenty of options next, including Ryan Garcia, who watched the fight dressed up at ringside.
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