Shawn Porter thinks Gervonta “Tank” Davis took a big risk on Friday with her decision to push Rolando “Rolly” Romero off stage when he briefly positioned himself in front of him to bow to the audience after weighing in.
Tank took a chance on shoving Rolly, and he was lucky he didn’t destroy the entire promotion. It is unclear if this was a carefully planned move on Tank’s part.
It wouldn’t be surprising if that was because he was upstaged by Rolly every step of the way, and it might have been the only thing he could have done to briefly get in front of his more charismatic opponent.
It was obvious that Tank (26-0, 24 KOs) was angered by this lack of respect from undefeated challenger Rolly (14-0, 12 KOs), and he mishandled it.
Luckily, Rolly wasn’t hurt when he fell off the stage, as it would have cost a fortune if he had been injured and had to retire.
It’s not yet known if Tank will be fined for his push, but it won’t be surprising if he is. Commissions should lead by example to prevent other fighters from choosing to copy what Tank has done in order to generate interest in their fights.
If they can push their opponents off the stage like Tank did with Rolly, they will artificially increase interest. This kind of theatrics would quickly steer boxing towards professional wrestling.
The tank puts the fight in danger
“I knew something was going to happen, and it wasn’t what I expected,” Shawn Porter told Fight Hub TV on Tank, pushing Rolly offstage, risking him getting hurt. no injury in the fall.
“I was expecting some physicality, but not this,” Porter said. “You don’t push another guy offstage. That goes a bit far. Fighters try to do what they can to send a message without hurting their promotions.
“Just there, Tank tried his luck. I think initially he wanted to work. I don’t think he wanted the dude to leave the stage because if he leaves the stage, falls badly, missteps and the whole list goes on, we don’t get the promotion,” Porter said.
“We always want to send a message of not hurting the promotion,” Porter said. “I’m glad it didn’t go the way it could have and we were still arguing.
“Yeah,” Porter replied when asked if Tank managed to score against Rolly by pushing him offstage. “I heard he made it because Rolly, from what I’ve been told, is really pumped up and upset.
“Here’s the thing. They have nothing else to say to each other. They will talk about what happened, what they should have done, what they would have done, what they didn’t do and who held who?
“Now you put so much energy into it, which is exactly what Tank wanted and that’s how the fighting game goes from a mental standpoint.
“On the one hand you have the Rolly Romero camp who’s mad that it happened, and on the other hand you have the Tank Davis camp who don’t care what they’ve done and take advantage of it.
“The energy is right here [Rolly]and the energy is bad here [Tank]. I think we’re seeing a patient Tank Davis, starting the jab,” Porter said.
Gervonta will control the fight
“Actually, I think we’re going to see a Tank Davis who’s going to talk a little bit, shake his head, smile a little bit and all this little antics that are going to get into Rolly Romero’s head.
“I don’t know how Rolly is going to react to all of this. So I think there’s always this unpredictability about this particular fight which is why boxing is one of the superior sports in the world because there’s this element of surprise and it seems like it’s going always his way.
“We’ll see what happens, I don’t know. I can’t really predict it, but I think Tank Davis is going to control this fight from start to finish. As Leonard Ellerbe said, there will be no decision.
“I think the Davis camp is happy with the decision. Rolly Romero’s camp, if they’re being honest with themselves, the only way it ends in a win for them is with a knockout.
“That remains to be seen, but I think it’s going to be a knockout. I’m excited because this one is going to be good for TV. You need entertainment in this sport. This fight gives them,” Porter said.