Rolando Romero took exception to much of the trash talk that Gervonta Davis directed at him before, during and after their press conference Thursday in Los Angeles.
There was one particular part of Davis’ speech on the dais that bothered Romero more than everything else his upcoming opponent said. Romero sensed Davis was attempting to intimidate him when the unbeaten Baltimore native stated that “if it was the streets, these n!ggas woulda been smoked,” which Romero took as a reference to murdering him if their exchanges occurred outside the realm of boxing.
Romero reacted angrily to Davis’ comments during a subsequent interview with BoxingScene.com regarding the December 5 bout between these bitter rivals at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“It was the same sh!t, him f------ talking about some dumb gang sh!t,” Romero said. “Always does that dumb gang sh!t. Like no one gives a f---- about that sh!t. Get your ass beat in the ring – sh!t. That’s why motherf------ in his own damn city don’t f--- with him. That’s why everybody in his own damn city don’t f---- with that motherf------.”
According to Romero and his trainer, Cromwell “Bullet” Gordon, Davis also stated that he’s “always strapped,” an indication that he always has a gun on him.
“That’s what he said,” Romero said. “Yeah, he always strapped. No one gives a f---! He actin’ like we all don’t f-----’ own guns, right? Everybody here owns a f------’ gun! Man, I believe in the right to bear arms. I’d feel safer if everybody had a gun – sh!t.”
Romero promised Davis that psychological warfare won’t work as they move toward their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event. Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) is heavily favored to beat an unfazed Romero (14-0, 12 KOs), of North Las Vegas, Nevada, in their 12-round fight for Davis’ secondary WBA lightweight title.
“He’s tryin’ to intimidate me,” Romero said. “He’s like, ‘Oh, I got this, I got …’ Like I said, man, he don’t know that every, single one of us got somebody behind us. Simple as that. Every, single one of us got somebody behind us – sh!t! [Los Angeles] is basically my home city cuz this is where my mom from. Like I said, man, we all got people behind us.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.