Gervonta Davis stops Rolando Romero in 6th, retains lightweight belt – Daily News

By Brian Mahoney

NEW YORK — Gervonta Davis seemed annoyed enough by all Rolando Romero’s talking to lightly shove him off the stage at their weigh-in.

He hit Romero a lot harder Saturday.

Davis regained his knockout power and retained his lightweight title Saturday night, stopping Romero in the sixth round.

Davis landed a crushing left hand near the corner and Romero fell forward into the ropes. He struggled and got up but was wobbly the whole way and referee David Fields ended the fight.

“The crazy thing is that I didn’t even throw it that hard. He just ran into it,” Davis said.

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) had to go the distance in his last win for only the second time in his career, and Romero said that showed the three-division champion was vulnerable.

If Davis was, it wasn’t for long. He appeared to hurt his left hand on a punch in the fifth round, but there was nothing wrong with it in the next.

Shortly after he left the ring, many fans attempting to depart Barclays Center ran back in toward the arena floor, some even leaping up into the ring in panic due to an unknown commotion near the exit. Security held some fans in one area for a time until it was addressed.

Romero lost for the first time in 15 pro fights, but wasn’t done talking after doing so much of it in the weeks leading up to the fight. In fact, he wants another one.

“I won all six rounds,” Romero said. “I won every moment of that fight, I exposed him and we need to run that (fight) back.”

It was an electrifying end to the return of big-time boxing in Brooklyn, where Davis won his first title in 2017. He drew an arena-record 18,970 for this fight, with the first big card at Barclays Center since before the pandemic began two years ago including Madonna and a number of stars from sports.

Davis and Romero were supposed to fight in December, but the challenger was taken off the card while a sexual assault claim against him was investigated. Davis went on to beat replacement Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision, after having knocked out every opponent since 2015.

The fight was then rescheduled after no charges were filed against Romero and the buildup featured plenty of trash talking from the challenger. Davis laughed off most of the talk, until pushing Romero on Friday and learning something about how to handle his opponent.

“I knew that I could get into his head, just from when we weighed in,” Davis said.

Romero repeatedly boasted he would knock out Davis in one round, but the only meaningful punches in the first three minutes were landed during a fight in the stands. He did score well with some shots in the second, but then lost a chance to follow up when he shoved Davis to the canvas as they clenched.

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