Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero were not short of a few words when they attended the press conference for their rearranged May 28 fight.
Davis will defend his WBA secondary lightweight title at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn on Showtime pay-per-view.
Before their heated face-to-face where both men got up close and personal, they had a chance to exchange fire on the stage.
“We’ll see what this guy brings on fight night, under the bright lights. I had to walk through the door when it was time and become the man. Come fight night, it’s time to step up to that plate,” said Davis.
‘Tank’ will make the fourth defence of his belt having come through defences against Leo Santa Cruz, Mario Barrios and Isaac Cruz, respectively.
Davis and Romero had been to fight one another on December 5 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles but the challenger subsequently withdrew due to a sexual assault allegation hanging over his head since October. Henderson Police Department, who were in charge of the case, decided they were not in a position to proceed any further with the matter leaving Romero free to resume his career.
“I think ‘Tank’ is an amazing fighter, but this is going to be the easiest fight of my career,” said ‘Rolly’.
“It’s going to say a lot about my legacy when I knock him out. ’Tank’ gets punched a lot. I think he’s going to run right into something big.
“Gervonta keeps talking about these skills he has, but I just see his face getting swollen up after every fight he has. He just bullies smaller opponents. He’s not that special. We’re ending his little reign and he can go retire.”
The challenger then provided his prediction for the fight.
“Gervonta Davis is ending up on the canvas knocked out. That’s what I can guarantee.”
Romero is taking a gigantic leap in the 15th fight of his career with the best wins on his slate coming against Jackson Marinez and Anthony Yigit.
Despite all the legitimate lightweight titles being on the line between George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney on June 5 Davis believes he is the number one star at 135lbs.
“I believe that I’m the face of the lightweight division and I just want to live up to that.
“He’s just worrying about power; he’s not working on anything else. They’re only plan is to knock me out. I hit him with one of these and I’m going to knock his whole nose off. They just keep talking about knockouts and trying to get me out of there early, because they know he can’t last down the line.”
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