The pair clash this Saturday in Brooklyn
A man who has had the boxing world talking for the past few years is Gervonta Davis. Davis emphatically burst on the scene in 2017 when he won his first world title and hasn't looked back since. Davis returns to the ring this weekend to defend his WBA lightweight title against undefeated challenger, Rolando Romero.
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Romero turned pro at the tail end of 2016, as he blitzed his way through David Courtney in a round on debut. Romero strung a four fight knockout streak together, until he went the distance for the first time in his fifth fight, as Javier Martinez survived a full six rounds, albeit Romero produced a shutout victory.
Romero restarted his knockout streak, as he knocked out all comers up until his 12th fight. Romero had landed a shot at the WBA 'interim' title against the undefeated Jackson Marinez. Marinez was tough and pushed Romero to his limits, but Romero did enough to earn an unanimous decision victory.
Romero has fought twice since the Marinez bout, as he has produced two seventh round knockouts, one over Avery Sparrow and the other against Anthony Yigit. Romero will enter the Davis fight with a record of 14-0 with 12 knockouts.
Davis turned pro way back in 2014, and his eye catching performances attracted the attention of Floyd Mayweather, who signed Davis to a promotional deal, with observers believing that Davis was Mayweather's protege.
In Davis' 16th bout, his first world title was won, as he produced a star making performance as he knocked out Jose Pedraza in the seventh round of their IBF world super featherweight bout. Davis made one defence of his belt as he stopped Liam Walsh in London, before losing the belt on the scales prior to his second defence for missing weight against Francisco Fonseca. Davis defeated Fonseca, but the belt was no longer his.
Davis returned to instantly regain world champion status as he knocked out Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar in three rounds to win the WBA super featherweight title. Davis knocked out Hugo Ruiz and Ricardo Nunez in his next two outings before opting for a new challenge.
Davis stepped up to lightweight, and faced the veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa for the vacant WBA title. Davis put on a show, as he dropped Gamboa in the second and eighth rounds before getting the stoppage in the 12th round. Davis faced off with Leo Santa Cruz next, Santa Cruz had picked up the WBA super featherweight title that Davis had previously vacated, and in a strange situation, both the WBA super featherweight and lightweight titles were on the line. The fight was close, until Davis produced one of the most ferocious uppercuts seen in a boxing a ring which spectacularly knocked Santa Cruz cold in the sixth.
Davis has opted to remain at lightweight, as he knocked Mario Barrios out in his next outing. Last time out, Isaac Cruz gave Davis one of the toughest nights of his career as he took Davis the full 12, but Davis did enough to get the decision and retain his belt.
Davis and Romero seem to have it in for each other as vicious words have been traded whenever the pair come face to face, but it all gets settled on Saturday night as someone's 0 has to go.
The fight takes place in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and will be live in the US on Showtime PPV. UK fans can watch this bout live on the FiteTV app.