By Dan Ambrose: Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero was at it again on Tuesday, ripping WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney for being the “weakest link” among the champions in the division and not having great talent.
The 24-year-old unbeaten Rolly (14-0, 12 KOs) seems to be on a mission to knock the proud Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) off his high horse to humble him.
Haney, 23, is being given a major push by his promoter Eddie Hearn to get him a lucrative fight against undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. next.
With Hearn’s help, Haney could be the one that gets the fight with the beatable Kambosos, ahead of Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Ryan Garcia, and Vasily Lomachenko.
In an ideal world, Mayweather Promotions would negotiate a fight between Rolly and Haney so the two could fight it out.
That’s not likely to happen, though, due to their way of keeping fights in-house with Mayweather Promotions and PBC fighters.
Rolly predicts Haney’s downfall
Rolando feels that Haney, 23, is the weakest of the belt holders at 135 now, and he feels he doesn’t have longevity as a champion due to his lack of power and style of fighting.
In Rolly’s view, Haney is too aggressive for his weak frame and low power level.
Rolando feels that the combination of Haney’s weak power and his overly aggressive fighting style means trouble ahead for the Matchroom promoted fighter.
“Devin is the weakest link, and I really do feel bad for him,” said Rolly Romero on social media. “He’s going to fall, and it’s going to hurt worse than anything.
Haney came close to losing his fight against Jorge Linares last May after getting staggered in the 10th round.
Linares continued to hurt Haney in the 11th and 12th rounds, forcing him to hold excessively to keep from getting knocked out.
That performance showed that Haney won’t last much longer as the WBC lightweight champion unless his promoters continue to match him carefully.
“Because it’s not his fault that he was born with f**** up genetics,” said Rolly on WHY he feels bad for Haney. “His lack of power, his fragile body frame, his weak legs, and he’s ugly as f***.
“I mean, I feel bad for him, and he can’t do anything to change that because he was born like that. Just because you say, ‘I have more money than you,’ it doesn’t change.
“He’s just as ugly as f*** and weak as f*** with no power. Devin Haney, they try really hard with that kid, and they can’t promote him. Did you see that s***?
“I’m telling you, Devin has no power and no chin, and he’s aggressive. That’s a very scary combination to fight against a puncher. If you have no chin, no power, and you’re aggressive, you’re going to get knocked out by any puncher. I’m sorry to say,” said Rolando about Haney.
It’s too bad Rolly’s promoters at Mayweather Promotions won’t put him in with Haney because that would be an excellent fight to show what the two guys can do.
Haney looked utterly beatable in his last two fights against Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. and Jorge Linares. The way Haney fought, he’ll be lucky to hold onto his WBC title for another six months.
Rolando says he’s fighting Tank Davis
It’ll be surprising if Rolly is the one that faces Tank next because, with the stuff that he’s dealing with right now, it doesn’t seem realistic.
“Rolly is fighting Gervonta Davis. I don’t know, my next fight,” said Rolando in speaking in the third person when asked WHO he’ll be fighting next.
“I do appreciate you guys saying I’m the pound-for-pound king. You guys don’t realize how strong I am compared to all these mother f****,” said Rolly.
For Rolly Romero to fight Tank Davis next, he’s going to need to be cleared of the sexual assault allegations that have been made about him. Showtime isn’t likely to want to give the green light for a Tank Davis vs. Rolando Romero fight on pay-per-view if Rolly is still dealing with the allegations.
Assuming that Rolly is cleared of his issues hanging over his head, it’s highly likely that Mayweather Promotions will set up a fight between Rolando and Gervonta next.
Ideally, it would be good for Mayweather Promotions to start working with other promoters so that Tank can fight the top guys at 135 like George Kambosos, Haney, Ryan Garcia, and Vasily Lomachenko.
It would help Tank’s career for him to fight the recognizable opposition that the boxing world is familiar with.