Gervonta Davis-Rolando Romero to headline Showtime PPV Card 5/28 at Barclays Center

Gervonta Davis confirmed Friday night that he will fight in New York for the first time in over four years.

The undefeated Baltimore native tweeted that he will return to the ring on May 28 in New York. BoxingScene.com later confirmed that Davis will face rival Rolando Romero in a Showtime Pay-Per-View main event that night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The hard-hitting Davis, who has become one of boxing’s biggest box office draws, hasn’t competed in New York since stopping Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar in the third round of a championship match. of 12 rounds and 130 pounds at Barclays Center in April 2018.

BoxingScene.com reported on March 5 that Davis-Romero would take place on June 4, the date originally reserved for Davis-Romero. Premier Boxing Champions and Mayweather Promotions have agreed to move the date to a week earlier, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

The 12-round, 135-pound title fight between Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) and Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) has been rescheduled for nearly six months after it was supposed to take place.

Mayweather Promotions and PBC pulled Romero from their Dec. 5 fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles in late October because a woman Romero knew accused him of sexually assaulting her in the fall of 2019. She filed a report police a few days before. Mexican competitor Isaac Cruz replaced Romero on five weeks’ notice.

Detectives from the Henderson Police Department in Nevada investigated his complaint, but Romero was not charged with a crime.

The WBA kept the 26-year-old Romero at the top of its 135-pound rankings throughout the aforementioned ordeal. The North Las Vegas native last fought July 17, when he stopped Sweden’s Anthony Yigit (24-2-1, 8 KOs) in the seventh round of a Showtime televised bout as part of the ‘undercard Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs) took Davis the distance for the first time in 17 fights. The tough southpaw edged out Cruz by unanimous decision, but their 12-round bout represented Davis’ toughest test as a professional.

Davis, 27, aggravated a left hand injury early in their fight. Davis’ trainer Calvin Ford later revealed that Davis suffered the injury during training camp.

Cruz also proved to be very tough, as he took the toughest punches from Davis to end his powerful opponent’s 16-game knockout streak.

Keith Idec is senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.