NEW YORK (AP) – Gervonta Davis seemed annoyed enough by all Rolando Romero’s talking to lightly shove him off the stage at their weigh-in. He hit Romero a lot harder on Saturday.
Davis regained his knockout power and retained his lightweight title on Saturday night, stopping Romero in the sixth round.
Davis landed a crushing left hand near the corner and Romero fell forward into the ropes.
He struggled and got up but was wobbly the whole way and referee David Fields ended the fight.
“The crazy thing is that I didn’t even throw it that hard. He just ran into it,” Davis said.
Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) had to go the distance in his last win for only the second time in his career, and Romero said that showed the three-division champion was vulnerable.
If Davis was, it wasn’t for long. He appeared to hurt his left hand in the fifth round, but there was nothing wrong with it in the next.
Shortly after he left the ring, many fans attempting to depart Barclays Center ran back in toward the arena floor, some even leaping up into the ring in panic after there was a loud noise outside an exit. Security held some fans in one area for a time 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 was reports of some minor injuries due to the commotion.