By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP)-Gervonta Davis seems upset with all of Rolando Romero’s stories causing her to be slowly kicked off the stage at their weigh-in.
He hit Romero harder on Saturday.
Davis regained his knockout power and retained his lightweight title on Saturday night, stopping Romero in the sixth round.
Davis landed with a crushed left hand near the corner and Romero fell ahead of the ropes. He struggled and got up but trembled all the way and referee David Fields ended the fight.
“It’s crazy because I haven’t passed. He just ran into it, ”Davis said.
Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) had to walk the distance in his last win for the second time in his career, and Romero said that shows the three-division champion is weak.
If it’s Davis, it won’t be long. He seemed to injure his left hand in a punch in the fifth round, but there was nothing wrong with it the next.
Shortly after he left the ring, several fans who tried to leave the Barclays Center ran back to the arena floor, some even jumping into the ring in panic after there was a loud noise outside the exit. Security kept some fans in one area for a while until it was deemed safe to leave.
A New York City police spokesman told The Associated Press that the noise outside the arena was a “loud disturbance,” and said there was no shooting. The spokesman said there were reports of some minor injuries due to the riot.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka is one of the confused Barclays Center fans. He took to Twitter and posted that he was “scared.”
“I heard screams and saw people running, then we were shouted at that someone was actively shooting and we had to gather in a room and close the doors, I was (expletive) petrified man,” the four-time grand slam. the champion tweeted. Later, he added, “I hope everyone comes out safe, because I tweeted it that we did it ok.”
Romero lost for the first time in 15 pro fights, but it’s not over yet to be discussed after much of it took place in the weeks before the fight. In fact, he wanted something else.
“I won all six rounds,” Romero said. “I won every moment of that fight, I exposed him and we had to run that (fight) back.”
It was a shocking end to the return of big-time boxing in Brooklyn, where Davis won his first title in 2017. He earned an arena-record 18,970 for this fight, with his first big card at the Barclays Center since before pandemic began two. years ago including Madonna and many stars from sports.
Davis and Romero were supposed to fight in December, but the challenger was stripped of the card while the sexual assault claim against him was investigated. Davis defeated replacement Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision, after he had knocked out every opponent since 2015.
The fight was rescheduled after no case was filed against Romero and the buildup showed a lot of rubbish from the challenger. Davis laughed most of the talks, until Romero was pushed on Friday and found out how to handle his opponent.
“I knew I could get into his head, right from our evaluation,” Davis said.
Romero repeatedly boasted that he would knock Davis out in a round, but the only meaningful punches in the first three minutes landed during a fight at the stands. He scored well on a few shots in the second, but he lost a chance to follow-up when he pushed Davis onto the canvas as they held on.
The fight was enough even in round four and Davis seemed to be heading into his most dominant round in the fifth when the Baltimore native suddenly laughed – even if it was said afterwards that his hand didn’t hurt. Whatever the problem was it didn’t last long.
“I didn’t even pass and he was the one who encountered it, when he said I was already,” Davis said.
With the two fighters being promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Romero admitted they could have sparred multiple times, but Davis backed down. He finally got his chance less than 10 years ago after starting his boxing career, switching from judo at the age of 17.
He is the No. 1 ranked contender but clearly far from Davis ’level.
“Tank Davis is on another level,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. “He shows you why he’s one of the best warriors in the world.”
After walking into the ring while hearing several boos from the pro-Davis crowd, Romero jumped on the ropes and jumped defiantly. Davis then came in and danced to Romero’s corner and stared at him, seemingly ready to start a fight right away.
Once it started, he needed a few rounds to warm up before it was known and then Romero was finished.
In the co-feature, Erislandy Lara, the longtime 154-pound champion who rose to 160 and won a title, stopped Gary O’Sullivan 23 seconds into the eighth round. Lara (29-3-3, 17 KOs) landed on a hard left and seemed ready to finish O’Sullivan in the closing seconds of the seventh before the bell rang. O’Sullivan was allowed to start in the eighth but the Cuban drove him another hard left and referee Benjy Esteves waved to end the fight.
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