FLOYD Mayweather protégé Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis will feature in his final fight under the promotional wing of the Hall of Fame boxer on Saturday, before jumping into the waters of free agency.

The hard-hitting 27-year-old southpaw form Baltimore takes on outspoken and fellow undefeated puncher Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a 12-round contest that’s unlikely to go the distance.

With 12 knockouts in 14 straight wins, Romero boasts an impressive 85% finish rate. But Davis has also stopped all but two of his 26 foes, handing him an astounding 92% KO percentage.

Stylistically, both are very different. Davis is a ferocious Pitbull. Only five-foot-five, he rolls inside the reach of his opponents to punish the body and throw menacing hooks to the head.

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He’s especially ruthless on the inside, exploding with combinations with power in both hands.

Romero is three inches taller and considerably more unorthodox in his approach. A long, stylish boxer he too has genuine power and is by far the more natural at the weight.

However, despite their perfect records on paper, both fighters are far from infallible too.

Romero was incredibly fortunate to have his hand raised against Jackson Marinez back in 2020. The 26-year-old picked up a unanimous decision, but lost convincingly in the eyes of most ringside observers.

And, back in December, when this fight was originally scheduled, Tank laboured through a 12-round decision against replacement opponent Isaac Cruz on an off night of his own in Los Angeles.

What was perhaps lacking in both of those fights was motivation, something that’s literally fueling this weekend’s showcase.

It’s clear Davis and Romero have real disdain for one another, something that goes back a few years to when they were training at Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas at the same time.

Outside of the ropes they’re pretty similar, even though they’d never admit it. They’ve both had tough upbringings in crime-riddled neighbourhoods albeit on opposite sides of the States.

 

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Both lay claim as being the future of boxing and the sport’s next big pay-per-view star, but only Davis has really made any inroads, picking up a few belts and mixing in far better company.

Indeed, Davis should arguably be a much bigger star than he is already. His style and wild personality are made for TV. But jumping between weights to contest second-rate championships has impacted on his reputation.

Romero is still dreaming of being where Tank is already, hence the reason why he’s been calling for this fight for the past three years.

But on Saturday night he finally gets what he’s be asking for, and all the trash talk that’s got him here, that’s forced this fight to happen, will blow up in his face if Davis gets close enough often enough.

Romero will be looking to land his trademark orthodox left hook, to head or body, as that thing is loaded with TNT. Whilst Davis just needs to back Rolly up against the ropes to unleash hell.

The NYC Athletic Commission judges shouldn’t be needed for this one. There is just way too much power and disdain in this fight to go require the opinions of others.

Some fights mean more than belts and money. Sometimes it’s personal.

TIP: Davis via KO rounds 7-9 (13/4)