WBA Lightweight Championship Goes to ‘Tank’ Davis in Round 6 TKO

WBA Lightweight Championship Goes to 'Tank' Davis
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Gervonta “Tank” Davis is one of boxing’s most electrifying knockout artists and tonight he met a man who may have been his equal in sheer knockout power when he took on Rolando Romero inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But Davis did not let the powerful haymakers and quick jabs of Romero keep him from remaining undefeated.

Davis and Romero battled for Davis’ WBA (World Boxing Association) secondary championship at lightweight. Both Davis and Romero were undefeated in their professional careers and have knocked out a combined 36 of 40 opponents. Add to that, a history of trash-talk and bad blood and there was a recipe for an explosive clash! Many fans felt like Romero had the chops to stay undefeated.

Gervonta Davis was born on November 7, 1994 and has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBA (Regular) lightweight title since 2019; the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title between June 2021 and December 2021; the IBF (International Boxing Federation) super featherweight title in 2017; and the WBA (Super) super featherweight title twice between 2018 and August 2021.

As of May 2022, Davis is ranked as world’s tenth best active boxer, pound for pound, by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is also ranked as the world’s best active lightweight by BoxRec. third by ESPN, fourth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and fifth by The Ring magazine.

Known for his exceptional punching power, Davis’ knockout-to-win percentage stands at 93%. The card also featured a WBA secondary championship fight at middleweight with Erislandy Lara defeating Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan with a TKO in the eighth round.

The action began at 9 p.m. ET live on Showtime pay-per-view. The fight started out slow as neither fighter was able to land any strong punches, but they did try. It appeared Romero had spectators slightly surprised by his performance.

In the beginning of round 6 Davis was talking to the crowd and then to Romero. Davis landed a good left and Romero landed below the belt, leading to a brief break in the action. Davis continued circling around the ring, trying to keep Romero from setting his feet to really let his hands go. Romero landed a shot but as he tried to follow up, Davis landed a crushing left hand and Romero fell forward into the ropes and on the floor. Romero beat the count but the referee did not like what he saw in Romero’s eyes and the fight is over!  

Davis vs. Romero fight card, results:

Gervonta “Tank” Davis (c) defeated Rolando “Rolly” Romero, WBA “regular” lightweight championship via TKO in round six.

Erislandy Lara (c) defeated Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, via eight-round TKO.

Jesus Ramos defeated Luke Santamaria via unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 97-93).

Eduardo Ramirez defeated Luis Melendez via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 98-92).

Now you know Twitter was trending the entire fight. Here are fan reactions: