Just over a week ago, lightweight contender Rolando “Rolly” Romero showed up at the outdoor launch press conference at Staples Center in Los Angeles to announce his fight with Gervonta “Tank” Davis, WBA secondary titlist, wearing a fur coat in 80 degree heat. and repeatedly promised to knock him out.
On Monday, Romero was knocked out of the fight, which was set to headline a Showtime PPV card on December 5 at Staples Center. However, as one would expect, Romero was ditched by organizers Showtime, Mayweather Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions days after Romero’s acquaintance Izabel Zambrano took to Twitter to publish a sexual assault allegation on Thursday. against Romero.
A Showtime spokesperson told World Boxing News in a statement the decision to remove Romero from the fight.
“Rolando Romero will not be part of the Gervonta Davis PPV event on December 5,” the spokesperson said. “The event will continue with a replacement opponent, which the event organizers are in the process of securing. An announcement of the replacement is expected shortly.
Romero (14-0, 12 KOs), 26, denied the allegations but accepted that he would not fight Davis (25-0, 24 KOs), 26, of Baltimore, in the next fight.
“Although the allegations against me are totally false, and I will prove that through the legal system, I agree that it is in the best interests of everyone involved that I do not attend the next pay-per-view event,” Romero said in a statement posted on his Instagram page. “After I clear my name, I will return to the ring as soon as possible.”
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, the promoter of Davis and Romero, could not be reached for comment.
A source familiar with the talks told World Boxing News that lightweight contender Isaac Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) 23, of Mexico, is the likely replacement opponent. Cruz, known as the “Pitbull”, hasn’t lost since losing an eight round in 2016.
Cruz has looked particularly good in his last three fights as he has stepped up his level of competition. He knocked out former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno in the first round in a brutal fashion on October 31, won a unanimous decision over then undefeated Matias Romero in March, and won an unbalanced unanimous decision against the former champion. world junior lightweight Francisco Vargas in June. 19.
One potential opponent who was mentioned was Michel Rivera (22-0, 14 KOs), 23, a native of the Dominican Republic who fights in Miami, who shut out Matias Romero 100-90 on all three scorecards on Saturday night. on Showtime’s Radzhab Butaev-Jamal. James undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. But Rivera was not interested.
“We wouldn’t fight Gervonta Davis, one of the best fighters in the world, on 30 days’ notice,” Rivera promoter Sampson Lewkowicz told World Boxing News. “I won’t fight like that, no matter the money, on 30 days’ notice. How do I get my guy in there just for the money? I won’t, and neither will Michel Rivera. He wants to fight Gervonta Davis when he has enough time to prepare to face one of the best fighters in the world.
ROLLY ROMERO’S ALLEGATION
The alleged incident between Romero and Zambrano, 24, occurred in the fall of 2019. She reported it to police in Henderson, Nevada on Friday.
Although Romero has not been charged with any felony at this point, police will now investigate the incident, which has led fight organizers to remove him from the fight while his legal situation is clarified.
In addition to her Twitter posts, Zambrano detailed her allegations in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix on Saturday, saying she hadn’t come forward before because she was “really scared,” but once she did. Seeing all the attention Romero was getting for the fight, she decided to go public and file a report with the police.
“It just seemed like he was everywhere,” Zambrano told Mannix. “I went to YouTube to activate a video (for) my daughter, I see a video of him. I go on Twitter, I see a video of him. And I go to Facebook, I see a video of him. I turn on the TV… I didn’t know I had PTSD that night. But I was so confused and ashamed to have put myself in such a situation. Now I am very excited about what happened. I can’t sit down and bottle him anymore while he can live this life and be glorified. No one’s voice is heard.
“People call me a gold digger, an influence hunter, and so many things like that. All of these things that people say about me are not true. They were just disgusting. It is something that I have struggled with in silence. I had to talk. “