Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis is not the least bit impressed with anything about his upcoming moment.
Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero vowed to steal the show at the press conference to announce his upcoming lightweight showdown with Davis, along with the promise of knocking him out in their upcoming fight. There wasn’t anything that was said at Wednesday’s press conference at Staples Center in Los Angeles that has the unbeaten southpaw worried at all when they meet for real at the same venue December 5 on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
“This is what we do. This guy is just here to talk,” Davis noted during the press event at City View Terrace on Staples Center grounds. “He here to talk his way into the fight. That ain’t gonna work. You know what I mean? He came up just to talk when he up here. They don’t know about no skills or nothing. They talk about how hard they punch.
“I ain’t trying to hear none of that. We from the city. You know what happens when we in the city. You know what happens in the city. I ain’t trying to hear none of that. I come here to fight. If this was the streets, these ni—as would’ve been smoked. That’s what it is. That’s what it is. You trash.”
Baltimore’s Davis (25-0, 24KOs) has made himself heard loud and clear in the ring since turning pro in 2013. The unbeaten former WBA “Super” junior lightweight titlist and current WBA “World” lightweight and junior welterweight titlist has scored knockouts in all but one of his 25 career fights to date, having stopped his last 16 opponents including a perfect 9-0 (9KOs) with some form of a major title at stake.
The upcoming lightweight fight with Las Vegas’ Romero (14-0, 12KOs) marks Davis’ third straight as a PPV headliner. The rising young star—who turns 27 in November—delivered a highlight reel knockout with a picture perfect uppercut to flatten former four-division titlist Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round of their thriller last Halloween at Alamodome in San Antonio. Davis then moved up two divisions to take out then-unbeaten Mario Barrios in the 11th round of their secondary junior welterweight title fight in front of a sold-out crowd at State Farm Arena in his second hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Romero has only been the distance twice in his young career. The most recent occasion saw the unbeaten lightweight barely get past Jackson Marinez last August, with many considering Romero fortunate to have escaped with the unanimous decision win. Two straight seventh-round knockouts have followed for the brash 26-year-old contender, the most recent coming versus former junior welterweight title challenger Anthony Yigit this past July.
Immediately after the win over Yigit, Romero renewed his pursuit of Davis, not missing a moment to take a verbal shot. Little of what he’s had to say on the mic or show in the ring, however, has resonated with his targeted foe.
“They never talk about skills. They just talk about power,” Davis pointed out of his opponent’s attempt at trash talk. “He keep talking about Joet (Gonzalez) beat me twice (in the amateurs). That’s when I was what, 14? C’mon bro. My skills is way up to par. You… gotta talk about something different. You talking about some damn power. You know what’s coming when you in with me.
“When you in the trenches, it’s cool to shoot them bullets. But how you gonna defend yourself when them bullets coming back? That’s my say.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox