Our boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse looks ahead to returning unbeaten American Gervonta Davis, who takes on Rolando Romero at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, on Saturday.
The WBA lightweight world title will be awarded to the winner of this bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Still, with both men bringing knockout power, many industry insiders expect an easy night’s work for the scoring judges sat at ringside.
Tank brings a 93% KO average, with Rolly carrying an 86% KO average.
Davis is the hot betting favourite, but Baltimore’s champion won’t be leaving anything to chance. Read on as we preview the main event, browse the form of both Davis and Romero then make our expert predictions on the outcome.
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero Betting Odds and Fight Information
Davis vs. Romero Fight Information
- Gervonta Davis is unbeaten as a professional fighter with a record detailing 26 wins with 24 knockouts already on his card.
- Rolando Romero has won all 14 of his previous outings, with a dozen wins coming in the distance.
- The WBA lightweight world title is on the line here as Davis risks his hard-earned belt against a dangerous opponent.
- Venue & Location: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, New York
- Start Time: The undercard will start at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, and the main event should start sometime after 11 p.m.
- How to Watch Davis vs. Romero in the U.S.: Showtime PPV
Davis vs. Romero Odds
Moneyline odds are from FanDuel. Odds from Caesars Sportsbook are also included in this article.
- Gervonta Davis to win -800
- Draw +2000
- Rolando Romero to win +600
There’s no stopping Tank
Gervonta Davis is one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, and the 27-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland, is considered the future of the lightweight division.
He has the skills, strength and size to continue to move through the weight categories as his career progresses, but he’s currently determined to dominate in the lightweight division.
Despite standing at just 5ft 5inches tall, Davis packs a punch, bringing a 93% KO average into this latest bout, with 24 of his 26 wins coming inside the distance.
He is the number one ranked lightweight in the United States and globally, with Australia’s George Kambosos Jr thought to be the main danger to that dominance.
Last five fights for Gervonta Davis (5-0)
- Won on points
- TKO 11
- KO 6
- TKO 12
- TKO 2
Only two men have managed to take Tank the distance and force the scoring judges to make a decision, with the first being German Ivan Meraz over six rounds back in 2014.
We pay little attention to that result as it came very early in his career while he was learning the trade, but Meraz was knocked down in round three and five.
The other fighter to take Davis the distance was Isaac Cruz, and we pay attention to that result as it came in Gervonta’s most recent bout.
That points win for Davis came in Los Angeles in December of last year, with the champion retaining his title with margins of two rounds, two rounds and four rounds.
Rolly is unbeaten in 14
The betting would suggest Rolando Romero is a mere opponent, just another ambitious fighter that will prove to be a name on his opponent’s stunning CV. But that isn’t the case, Romero is here to win, and he has the talent to pull off an upset.
The fighter from Las Vegas brings a spotless 14-fight record with 12 wins coming by knockout since his debut in December 2016.
That winning streak has elevated Rolly to seventh in the US and 19th in the world, but both will change if he wins on Saturday.
Last five fights for Rolando Romero (5-0)
- TKO 7
- TKO 7
- Won on points
- TKO 2
- KO 1
It’s obvious from his pre-fight stats that Romero packs a punch himself, so we could see this fight go one of two ways.
We could see both big hitters go on the attack early and aim to blast the other out, or we could see both respect the power of the other and remain cautious during the early rounds.
Focusing on Rolando’s last three bouts, we note they have all gone into the second half of the bout, with round seven being the earliest he has stopped an opponent.
This is the biggest fight of his career, and we expect the underdog to play it safe in the opening rounds before growing into the contest and targeting a knockout in the later rounds.
Follow the form and back Davis to dominate
When making our predictions on this fight, we like to stick to the form of both men, but as we intend to stick with the champion, we pay special attention to Tank’s recent form.
He has a KO average in the 90s, which will encourage many bettors to go for another stoppage win. And looking at his recent fights, we note each of his last two bouts have travelled at least 11 rounds, with his last four all heading into the second half.
Sticking with the same period, we note that three of his last four bouts have gone 11 rounds or more, and that’s worth remembering when you settle on your final picks.
We know Davis is the hot favourite to win this fight, and we know he is a knockout artist, so there will be more than a few boxing bettors siding with a Davis KO/TKO win. We wouldn’t put anyone off that approach, but if you are looking for value, other options are better.
Take a chance on Davis to win by knockout in rounds 7-12 or close the distance even further and back the American in to win in the final quarter, stopping his opponent in round 10-12. The smaller the bracket, the better the odds offered by your bookie.
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero Betting Tips
- Davis to win in rounds 7-12 (+200 at Caesars Sportsbook)
- Davis to win in rounds 10-12 (+1000 at FanDuel)
- Over 5.5 rounds (-134 at FanDuel)
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