Ohara Davies Informs Rolando Romero He Wil Invoke His WBA Mandatory Status
It’s becoming clear as to who WBA junior welterweight champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) will face in his first title defense. That’s because the World Boxing Association has ordered a bout between Romero and mandatory challenger Ohara “Two Tanks” Davies (25-2, 18 KOs).
Romero captured the title with a ninth-round stoppage over Ismael Barroso on May 13. The manner in which that fight ended was highly disputed and bitterly contested by many observers. Controversial stoppage or not, Romero doesn’t care. The 27-year-old from Las Vegas. Nevada accomplished his dream of becoming a world champion.
Davies has been a well-known figure in British boxing circles for several years. The 31-year-old from London, England earned the mandatory position with a ninth-round stoppage over Lewis Ritson in March 2023. Two Tanks is on a seven-fight winning streak since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Jack Catterall in October 2018.
Romero has been talking up a fight against Ryan Garcia. But before any potential matchup can happen, there is the matter of Davies.
KNOWING WHAT HE WANTS
After becoming the mandatory challenger, Davies has been on a media blitz calling for a fight against Rolly. The Brit wants his title shot and wants it now.
With this order, the camps of Romero and Davies now have to come together and make a deal. Romero fights under the banner of PBC. Queensbury is the promoter of Davies.
It will be interesting to see where this ordered bout lands. Look for Queensbury to present a hefty offer, hoping to lure the defending champion to fight Davies in England. PBC surely wants the fight to occur in the United States. This should be an interesting tug-of-war between the two promotional outlets.