By Allan Fox: Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero says his upcoming fight next month against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis will be the “easiest” for him when the two meet on May 28th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Rolly (14-0, 12 KOs) has studied the Tank’s past fights, and he feels he’s got the perfect style to stop him quickly. Tank has been off his feet during his career or seriously hurt, so it’s going to take something big from Rolly to KO him.
Most boxing fans aren’t giving Rolly a chance in this fight, because they saw how he struggled against Jackson Marinez and wasn’t impressive in his last fight against Anthony Yigit before stopping him in the seventh.
With this being the unbeaten WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Tank Davis’ last fight with Mayweather Promotions, there’s a possibility that he’ll be distracted on May 28th.
If Tank is lacking in motivation for this fight, he could pay a steep price because Rolly is not the type of fighter that you want to be distracted against.
Rolly’s awkward style benefits him
“Oscar said that I’m a better fighter than Ricardo Mayorga, and that’s an honor already because they’re comparing me to Ricardo Mayorga and I have no idea why other than him cursing people out and he can crack,” said Rolly Romero to Fighthype about Oscar De La Hoya comparing him to former two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga.
“That’s a really big compliment because a lot of people completely underestimate me just because I fight awkwardly, but I didn’t do the amateur system.
“I had 35 amateur fights already as an adult, so I didn’t have that time to get better and better and adjust as a kid. Who knows, maybe I can become more technical as the year go by, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?
“I like my awkward stuff, but people don’t realize that I’m unbelievably explosive, and I’m way faster than I appear. My timing, I’m as accurate as s***. I don’t miss punches, I really don’t.
“I’m a very accurate puncher, and I know where you hit you and I know where to hurt you. So, it’s not like I just throw wild shots but people don’t know that.
“In boxing, if you don’t box that typical amateur style or like Floyd or like Canelo, clean and all this stuff, you’re a trash fighter.
“But I’ve seen a million of those fighters that try to be just like them, and then they get their a** beat and knocked out really bad.
“Then you get awkward fighters that go farther than anybody else. In boxing, you’ve got to be yourself,” Rolly said.
Rolly: Tank will be “easiest fight”
To the original question. Will it come down to whoever lands first?” said Rolly about what De La Hoya said in predicting the winner of the Tank vs. Rolando fight will come down to which of the two lands first.
“I don’t think it’s that. I think it’s going to be the easiest fight of my life, and that’s dead on coming from my heart. That’s the easiest fight of my life, and people don’t realize that. I know what’s about to happen.
“Trust me, the easiest fight of my life,” Rolly said. “I don’t want to give too many details, but it’ll be the easiest fight of my life. I already won.”
Rolando wants Ryan Garcia fight at 147
“I appreciate that too,” said Rolly when told that Tim Bradley is complimentary of him. “A lot of the big boxing people are starting to realize that I’m not just a wild puncher. I don’t throw punches just to throw punches.
“They’re saying that, that’s good,” said Rolly about De La Hoya and Bradley complimenting him. “If they see something, then it means something must be there.
“That’s a massive fight,” Rolly said about a match between him and Ryan Garcia. “I think that Ryan should knockout [Emmanuel] Tagoe, go knockout Jojo Diaz, go knock out a few people, and then I don’t think we should fight at 135.
“If me and Ryan fight, it should be at welterweight and it’ll be a bigger fight. I feel like it would be great for both of our legacies. Right now, he’s got his own battles to fight, and I got my own things on this side where I got to go fight,” said Rolly.
If the 147-lb division is the weight class Rolly believes he’ll fight Ryan, we’re probably talking about the contest taking place in five to seven years.
The slender 5’10” Ryan (21-0, 18 KOs) looks like he’ll be able to make the 135-lb division for at least three more years before he needs to move up.
It could take a long time before Ryan eventually winds up at 147, and by that time, Rolly’s career could be finished.
“Joe Goosen is a great trainer, and he’s trained Ryan in the past,” said Rolly. “I’ll be honest with you, I really did like the Ryan Garcia and Eddy Reynoso [team]. They looked really good together. I felt it was great.
“I’m not saying anything bad about Eddy. I think Eddy is a great trainer, trainer of the year, manager of the year, and Canelo is Fighter of the year, and he’s had other champions. Oscar Valdez, obviously.
“If Ryan and his team thought they should move on to Joe Goosen, that’s not bad. Joe Goosen trained Joel Casamayor, so he’s a great trainer. So if they felt that was the best thing for them, I can’t go against it.
“I think Ryan is a harder puncher than Tank. I think his hook is unbelievable. It’s a fast hook. He leaves people flatlined with that s***. It’s a really good hook. I’m telling you that hook is something. It flatlines people, and it comes so fast.
“His hook is like a perfection between speed and power. Oscar had a monster left hand in general,” said Rolly.
Ryan doesn’t have the skills, right hand, or toughness that Tank Davis possesses, and that’s what’s going to hold him back. If Ryan had Tank’s toughness, he could go far.
Still, Ryan would need to develop his jab, right hand, and some defensive skills because he’s missing in all those areas.