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Rolando 'Rolly' Romero Set to Defend Against Ohara Davies, Ryan Garcia Fight on Hold

A noticeably upset Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero has announced his next face-off against mandatory opponent Ohara Davies, causing a potential clash with Ryan Garcia to be postponed.


Recently, the World Boxing Association (WBA) has mandated Rolly to ensure his first defense against Davies. This has been enforced with a 30-day negotiation period prior to a compulsory purse bid. Unfortunately for Romero, he must retain his WBA title to attract championship-seeking boxers like Ryan Garcia for future fights. Instead of engaging in a potential big-money fight against Garcia, Rolly (15-1, 13 KOs) has been directed to defend his title against the #1 contender, Davies (25-2, 18 KOs). This match is a significant risk for Rolly and lacks the appeal of a pay-per-view-level duel. Rolly appears visibly frustrated by Davies' interference in his plan to accumulate substantial wealth from a fight against Garcia. He clearly wishes Davies would step aside due to the impending risk of losing this match, and consequently, his chances for a significant payday through a fight against Ryan.

Rolando 'Rolly' Romero
Rolando 'Rolly' Romero

"Ohara Davies is putting a damper on the fun, forcing us to deal with his nonsense. He's not exactly a looker, and nobody has a clue who he is. We're going to show him his place and then take on Ryan Garcia next," declared Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero to Fighthype. Romero now accepts that he is obligated to defend his WBA light welterweight title against the required opponent, Ohara Davies.


Davies has tasted defeat twice in his career, having lost to Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall, but he's made a strong comeback, winning his last seven bouts impressively.

Ohara Davies celebrating winning the WBC International Super Light Weight Championship
Ohara Davies celebrating winning the WBC International Super Light Weight Championship

For Romero to secure a potentially life-changing, highly lucrative match against Ryan Garcia, he must first overcome the challenge of the 31-year-old Davies. However, Ryan Garcia's interest in a fight against Romero seems to be waning as he's gone silent about it. Romero previously claimed a win over 40-year-old Ismael Barroso via a ninth-round technical knockout earlier this year on May 13th. Surprisingly, Barroso was leading on all the judges’ scorecards when referee Tony Weeks made a controversial decision to halt the match in the ninth round.


Despite Barroso fighting back and appearing unhurt with Romero's final series of punches failing to find their mark, Rolly emerged as the WBA champion. His next defense is expected to be against Davies, unless an agreement for Davies to step aside can be reached. But with Ryan Garcia's noticeable silence, which could be a result of the massive criticism following the Barroso fight, Romero's chances of convincing Davies to step aside seem slim.

Rolando Romero (Left) in the ring with Ismael Barroso (Right)
Rolando Romero (Left) in the ring with Ismael Barroso (Right)

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