Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero results, highlights: 'Tank' overcomes slow start to score vicious TKO

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For nearly all of the first six rounds of his bout with Gervonta "Tank" Davis, Rolando Romero fought a disciplined fight, using his reach and jab to keep Davis from doing much offensively. It only takes one punch from Davis to change a fight, however, and in Round 6, it ended with a thud.

Romero opened by pawing with the jab, using it as both a range finder and deterrent to Davis' attempts to get inside and land his trademark left hands and uppercuts. That strategy was working well for Romero as the rounds went by, with Davis circling around the ring looking for opportunities to land rather than unloading and controlling the action.

Romero also bent the rules nearly to the point of breaking, utilizing his elbows repeatedly as well as throwing Davis to the canvas after landing a clean right hand in the second round. He received several warnings from the referee though no point was taken for the repeated fouls.

Romero seemed to feel he had the right moment to amp up his attack in the sixth round as he pursued Davis to the ropes and looked to unload with his wild power punches. Davis calmly let loose with a left hand counter that caught Romero clean and sent him face first into the ropes before sliding down to the canvas.

Romero was able to beat the count and rise to his feet, but the referee did not like Romero's response to his instructions and waived the fight off, giving Davis another highlight-reel knockout in a young career already filled to the brim with fight-ending shots.

"The crazy thing is I didn't even throw that hard," Davis said of the fight-ending punch, comparing it to Juan Manuel Marquez's one-punch knockout of Manny Pacquiao in 2012. "I just threw it and he ran right into it. Thank God he's good."

The punch output from both men was likely lower than many expected coming into the fight. Both men -- especially Romero -- had trash-talked ahead of the clash and there was significant bad blood between the two.

Instead of an all-out slugfest, both men were very calculated in their approach, with Davis only landing 25 total punches to 22 landed for Romero.

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Attention now turns to Davis' future. The clash with Romero was initially scheduled for this past December when allegations of sexual assault against Romero caused him to pull out of the fight, with Davis instead facing Isaac Cruz. Now having dispatched of his rival, the door is open for some big potential fights for the WBA "regular" lightweight champion.

A fight with Ryan Garcia or the winner of the upcoming undisputed lightweight title fight between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney could be in Davis' future. Those big fights were acknowledged by Davis, though he refused to call out anyone by name.

"I'm here, baby, I'm here," Davis said. "Whatever they want to do, I'm here baby. There's no safety on this Glock, you know? There's no safety on this Glock and I've got a lot of ammunition."

The undercard also saw the return of Erislandy Lara as the veteran took on another vet in "Spike" O'Sullivan. Lara battered the Irishman with his counter-punching attack over eight rounds before scoring the finish when the referee had seen enough. Lara, 39, has now won four in a row and hopes to be a player in the loaded middleweight division. 

CBS Sports was with you throughout the night in Brooklyn, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below. 

Davis vs. Romero fight card, results

  • Gervonta "Tank" Davis (c) def. Rolando "Rolly" Romero via sixth-round TKO
  • Erislandy Lara (c) vs. Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan via eighth-round TKO
  • Jesus Ramos def. Luke Santamaria via unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 97-93)
  • Eduardo Ramirez def. Luis Melendez via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 98-92)

Davis vs. Romero scorecard

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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero -- Round 6: Davis was talking to the crowd and then to Romero early in the round. Davis landed a good left and Romero landed below the belt, leading to a brief break in the action. Davis continued circling around the ring, trying to keep Romero from setting his feet to really let his hands go. Romero landed a shot but as he tried to follow up, Davis landed a crushing left hand and Romero fell forward into the ropes and on the floor. Romero beat the count but the referee did not like what he saw in Romero's eyes and the fight is over! Wow! Official result: Gervonta Davis def. Rolando Romero via TKO6

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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero -- Round 5: Romero was back on his jab, trying to push forward and Davis just missed with a straight left. Davis started working left hands to the body before landing clean to the face of Romero with a few more straight left hands from his southpaw stance. Romero stalked forward again and landed a big right hand that had Tank holding on before coming back with a left to the body. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Romero (49-46 Romero)

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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero -- Round 4: Again, both men were extremely cautious, not throwing many punches but trying to pick exact right moments to let their punches go. Romero landed a good body shot before Davis threw a quick two punch combination and landed a left hand that was just slightly off the mark. Davis got in with a quick shot before moving out of the way of return fire. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Davis (39-37 Romero)

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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero -- Round 3: Davis again was circling and not fully engaging, though he landed an early left hand. Romero landed his own big left, however, and Davis tried to return with his own fire. Romero again landed the hook and Davis continued to struggle a bit with distance and range. Davis landed a counter right hand over a body punch attempt from Romero. Davis started to land a bit later on in the round. Another very close round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Romero (30-27)

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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero -- Round 2: Romero again came out jabbing, with Davis looking to figure out how to get inside and land his power shots. Romero landed a big left hand and then shoved Davis to the canvas as the two tangled up. Very good shot by Romero though and he landed a right hand again as he amped up the pressure, letting his hands go with bad intentions. Davis kept moving backward as Romero charged forward and Davis landed a heavy left hand as Romero walked forward. Davis just missed with a left hand at the end of the round. Both rounds so far have been hard to call but Romero landed the best punch of the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Romero (20-18)

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Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero -- Round 1: Romero threw some range-finding jabs in the early moments. Davis looked like he was waiting to find Romero's timing before landing a left hand to the body. Romero stuck to just pushing the jab out, making Davis have to get past that first layer of defense if he wanted to get a shot in. Neither man was able to really do much of anything in the round, and Romero may have won it just off the jab output. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Romero

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The fighters are in the ring. Davis the clear crowd favorite in Barclays Center, which is absolutely packed for this fight. Davis is a -625 favorite as bell time appraoches.

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With Lara's win, attention now turns to the main event. Gervonta "Tank" Davis vs. Rolando "Rolly" Romero for Davis' WBC "regular" lightweight championship.

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