Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero: Fight prediction, undercard, odds, preview, expert pick, Showtime PPV
Timothy Bradley Jr.'s take: Gervonta Davis' experience and technique vs. Rolando Romero's unusual style
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolly Romero When, How to Watch, and Odds
When: Saturday, May 28 - 9:00 pm
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
How to Watch: Showtime PPV
Gervonta Davis vs Rolly Romero Prediction
Davis enters this fight as a heavy favorite priced at -900. This fight will take place from the Barclay Center. Davis, who is a tweety seven-year-old making way of Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the best lightweight fighters in the sport. He stands just 5”5 but don’t let that fool you. He has twenty-four knockouts in twenty-six of his professional wins. He is a perfect 26-0 and will put that excellent record on the line tonight.
Plus, Jesus Ramos is set to slug it out with Luke Santamaria in a junior middleweight contest. And Eduardo Ramirez battles Luis Melendez in a junior lightweight contest to open the PPV festivities. Let's take a closer look at the odds from Caesars Sportsbook before getting to a prediction and pick on the main event below.
Davis vs. Romero card, odds
FAVORITE UNDERDOG WEIGHT CLASS
Gervonta Davis (c) -800 Rolando Romero +550 WBA (regular) lightweight title
Erislandy Lara -1600 Gary O'Sullivan +900 WBA (regular) middleweight title
Jesus Ramos -1100 Luke Santamaria +700 Junior middleweight
Eduardo Ramirez -370 Luis Melendez +290 Junior lightweight
You can dig through the history of boxing and find cases of crude brawlers who were a top-class fighter's kryptonite. Those fights tend to stick out in the memory far more because the much more common case of the better fighter simply outclassing their foe. Can Romero prove to be Ricardo Mayorga to Davis' Vernon Forrest? It's certainly possible but also highly unlikely.
For all of Romero's talk of Davis getting outboxed and hit clean by every opponent, Romero leaves the bigger openings defensively. Romero swings for the fences with nearly every punch, winding up and leaving big holes for return fire while also often finding himself off-balance in the process. Davis is simply the far better fighter and his power is as good, if not better, than Romero's. Outside of Romero catching Davis clean with a fight-changing punch, it's hard to see any way the fight doesn't play out with Davis hitting Romero clean early and often before finishing the fight with a brutal flurry. Pick: Davis via TKO4