Ohara Davies: Is Rolly Just A Sh!t Fighter? Or Is Ismael Barroso Good? I Can’t Really Work It Out

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Ohara Davies has watched the Rolly Romero-Ismael Barroso fight numerous times.

The British junior welterweight contender still isn’t sure what to make of a 140-pound title fight that resulted in Romero’s controversial ninth-round, technical-knockout victory 7½ months ago. Davies respects Barroso and realizes that the strong southpaw can punch, yet he doesn’t know if the lead the Venezuelan veteran had on all three scorecards at the time of a suspect stoppage is an accurate reflection of his 40-year-old opponent’s capabilities.

“Against Rolly, I think he fought a very good fight,” Davies told BoxingScene.com. “But then I don’t know – is Rolly just a sh*t fighter? Or is Ismael Barroso good? I don’t know. Did Rolly just fight a sh*t fight? Or did Ismael Barroso fight a good fight? I’ve been watching it, and I was just like trying to work it out. But I can’t really work it out. I can’t really work it out. But either way, I’ve just got to train my hardest and do my best and expect a very hard fight.”

DraftKings sportsbooks has established Davies (25-2, 18 KOs) as a 5-1 favorite to beat Barroso (24-4-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night in their 12-round fight for the vacant WBA interim super lightweight title. The WBA has ordered North Las Vegas’ Romero, whose mandated defense versus Davies was delayed due to Romero’s injury exemption, to fight the winner no later than March 20.

Though Davies intends to ruin another fight night in Las Vegas for Barroso, he believes Barroso deserves this opportunity after his dubious defeat to Romero on May 13 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Barroso dropped Romero, who went off as a 10-1 favorite, with a left hand in the third round and led on the cards of judges Tim Cheatham (76-75), David Sutherland (77-74) and Steve Weisfeld (78-73) through eight rounds. Romero recorded a knockdown that was actually a shove during the ninth round and benefited from referee Tony Weeks’ seemingly premature stoppage of their “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event.

Barroso remained on his feet and had just thrown a punch back at Romero when Weeks stepped between them and oddly halted the action at 2:41 of the ninth round.

“Against Rolly, he should’ve won the fight, definitely,” Davies said. “It got stopped quite early and prematurely. Barroso wasn’t hurt. He was up on points, but sometimes in boxing it’s the business that wins. I’m glad that Ismael Barroso gets another chance at the title because it was unfair what happened to him. It’s just very unfortunate that it’s against me, but at least he gets another chance.”

DAZN will stream the Davies-Barroso bout as part of the Vergil Ortiz Jr.-Fredrick Lawson undercard Saturday night from Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Undercard coverage is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

London’s Davies and Miami’s Barroso were initially scheduled to meet December 2 at Toyota Center in Houston. Their fight was postponed five weeks because Davies’ visa issue would’ve prevented him from traveling to the United States until three days before he was scheduled to battle Barroso.

Davies arrived in Las Vegas on December 27, a full 10 days before the rescheduled Barroso bout.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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