Rolando Romero has predicted an early knockout of Gervonta Davis in their world title clash on Saturday.
Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) defends his WBA lightweight title against Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on SHOWTIME pay-per-view.
‘Rolly’, unbeaten in his first 14 fights insists he will end Davis’ undefeated professional streak with a first round knockout.
“One round, I’m knocking him out. If I say I’m going to do it, then I’m going to do it,” Romero said at a media workout last week ahead of the fight.
“He’s going to get knocked out by the first punch that he eats. He’s going to run right into something.
“I always feel good every time I’m going into a fight. I don’t like ‘Tank’ as a person and I believe he’s going to get whupped in this fight.
“He ducked me twice for sparring and the bad blood has been there ever since. I’ve been calling him out since 2017.
“The only reason this fight was made was because I wanted it. He doesn’t want this. He wishes he was fighting some 126 or 122-pounder.”
The bitter rivals were scheduled to fight in December, but ‘Rolly’ was removed following a sexual assault allegation against him, with ‘Tank’ beating late-replacement Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision.
The investigation into the allegation was closed in January without charges being filed against Romero, who insists that Davis’ fight with Cruz exposed vulnerabilities.
“I just saw a bunch of nervous energy from Gervonta when we faced off,” the 26-year-old added.
“He didn’t say anything to me. He doesn’t even believe he’s going to knock me out.
“Tell me one fight where he hasn’t gotten punched on by smaller dudes with no power? I’m way more accurate than anyone he’s ever fought.
“I’m way stronger and more explosive. It’s just common sense, he’s getting knocked out.
“I thought Isaac Cruz beat Gervonta. That fight showed just how vulnerable he is. He’s scared of people that can actually crack.”
The Las Vegas resident, who stopped Anthony Yigit in seven round in July, was in attendance at the T-Mobile Arena earlier this month to witness Dmitry Bivol’s shock win over pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez and told Pro Boxing Fans post-fight that he will deliver another major upset on May 28.
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“We already had one upset and that’s Tank’s favourite fighter,” Romero said.
“So we’re gong to have another upset at the end of the f****** month. It’s a month of upsets.”