Rolando Romero proclaims innocence after being removed from Gervonta Davis Bout
Las Vegas resident Rolando Romero was removed from a fighting promotion on December 6, in which he was booked to challenge Gervonta Davis in California, at the top of a Show time pay per view event.
Romero, 26, holds a 14-0 record (12 KOs), and his trash speech helped him shoot “Tank” Davis. That shot is out the window, however, as allegations of sexual misconduct against Romero forced the powers that be to remove him from the mission.
Instead of, Isaac cruz, a 22-1-1 Mexican will face Davis, a powerful 26-year-old puncher from Baltimore. Possessing a 25-0 record, with 24 knockouts, “Tank” will in fact be tasked with dealing with an enemy of a higher caliber, on paper, than Romero.
Cruz lost in 2016, drew in 2017 and has been on a good roll ever since. His best victories came against Diego Magdaleno and Francisco Vargas, during his last tenure (June 19, 2021).
Romero is known as a gossip, and many pundits have speculated that the banter between him and his Mayweather Promotions teammate would provide interested fight fans with plenty of fun ahead of the game at Staples Center.
Then Davis would have the opportunity to punish Romero for his recklessness, and possibly knockout the relatively green boxer in a few rounds.
But the scenario took a turn, when a young woman, Izabel Zambrano, took to social media, announcing that Romero assaulted her while they were hanging out.
“I hate to see this sexual assault everywhere” after Davis-Romero press launch footage unfolded in Cali. She followed that up with another Tweet: “Seeing someone who has been sexually assaulted, you can experience it is a nasty hatred for me.”
And other messages from other accounts joined the original accuser, who identified herself as a Latina living in Las Vegas. The Zambrano account posted screenshots purportedly of other women, sharing a few details of encounters that upset them. A common theme in these snippets, which have not been verified, is that the boxer is coercive and insists on receiving sexual favors. I spoke via DM to one of the women, who wishes to remain anonymous, and will post more about her interaction with Romero if she decides she wants to go that route.
On Monday, Romero broke his silence on the matter. He called the allegations against him “totally false”. He noted that it made sense for him to be removed from the series and vowed that he would return to the ring after proving his innocence “through the legal system”.
The Zambrano account had published that Izabel had filed a complaint with local authorities, so it seems entirely possible that Romero’s claim that he is being held unfairly could be tested by authorities.
Given that social media dominates and colors much of every day for so many citizens, it’s no surprise that people see a range of reactions to this development. Zambrano fights against this kind of material of people weighing in with their two cents.
Davis, it seems, experiences a certain level of anxiety himself.
He tweeted and then deleted an alert that expressed his dissatisfaction, at the time, with his vocation.
The upward pull itself sparked a negative buzz when, on February 1, 2020, Gervonta rushed a altercation with his ex, mother of Gervonta’s daughter who was born in 2018, during a charity basketball game in Miami.
A video showing some of the charged interaction between the rising star and Andretta Smothers has gone viral. Davis was arrested and had to deal with the issue in the court system as he faced battery charges. Davis also faces charges resulting from a driving / traffic incident in November 2020.
Showtime Boxing has been unlucky lately as the athletes they spotlight find themselves in hot water for committing infractions.
Of course, this dynamic is not specific to premium cable holding, or boxing, period; but there was current allegations / incidents involving some of Showtimes’ star players, including Jake Paul, which premieres on a Showtime PPV on December 18.