“I Didn’t Want To End Up Like Deshaun Watson” | Rolly Romero Beats Sexual Assault Allegations To Cue Up Tank Davis “All-Mayweather” Fight

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Boxing lightweight challenger Rolando “Rolly” Romero is ready to reclaim his opportunity to fight for the WBA lightweight world title against his Mayweather Promotions nemesis in Gervonta “Tank” Davis on May 28 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The undefeated fighter was originally slated to face Davis last December. However, in October 2021, after the fight announcement, replete with an incredibly ignorant press conference in Los Angeles, Romero was the subject of numerous allegations of sexual assault.

No Showtime

At the time, president of Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza, called the allegations disturbing, and Romero was removed from the event.

However, no charges were actually filed, and eventually the allegations were proved illegitimate. For Romero, the allegations came down to a money grab for his accusers, and the timing came during the biggest fight of his career.

“The Fighter Formerly Known As Rolly” Speaks

“Simple as that, just that,” said Romero on The Last Stand podcast. “It makes sense for one thing. Because if it was for something else, it would have happened, you know, sooner. Correct? It happened literally in the biggest moment of my entire life, the moment in my life where I’m supposed to not only make an abundance of money, but you know, create a legacy for myself, you know?

“And I think it’s sad that I had to go through that and, you know, other celebrities and athletes go through it all the time, even though, a lot of this stuff, you know, I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, I’m not saying that every f**king motherf***er’s a saint. But when it comes to money, 99 percent of the time, I think it’s bulls**t.”

No DeShaun Watson Energy

Romero looked at the saga of newly baptized Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, who’s facing 22 women accusing him of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. It stopped his playing career for the Houston Texans while the investigation was underway.

“I knew that I was innocent,” said Romero on the “Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.” “I knew I had a good team behind me. So, it was just like it was just a matter of time. It’s just like the only thing I didn’t want to end up like, let’s say, for instance, Deshaun Watson or something, just being there for two years, without being there to do something.

“You know, that’s the only thing that really worried me. You know? But as far as like everything else, like, you know, I knew I was gonna be good.”

Fear Factor

“It’s just like let’s say, for instance, right, let’s say ‘Tank’ lost to Isaac Cruz. That’s a fight that I wasn’t going to get then. Let’s say he would of got in a car accident and broke his hand or some sh*t. That’s a fight that wouldn’t (happen).

“So, it’s like it just f***ed up the entire opportunity for me, you know? And that’s what worried me. It’s like it was an opportunity that could have just disappeared completely. Or it did disappear, you know? Now, you know, we’re back at it, you know, and I just hope that both of us could make it to fight night. You know?”

Battle At Mayweather’s

Gervonta “Tank” Davis is a five-time, three-division world champion and the star of the Mayweather Promotions stable.

In the Mayweather roster, Romero knows that the infighting also positions him to become the next face or, at minimum, a competitive face within the organization.

Now that the two will finally do battle, for the first time, the battle of Mayweather fighters is underway after an ordeal that Romero will never forget to get back to a fight at the top of the division.

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.