ROLANDO ROMERO claimed he spent more money sparring than he made on his fights – after KOing too many people at the gym.
The undefeated American, who fights Gervonta Davis on Britain’s FITE TV on Saturday, didn’t have a massive amateur background with just 35 fights.
Instead, he made a name for himself at Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym, treating sparring sessions like world title fights.
It caught the attention of Mayweather, who signed Romero alongside right-hander Leonard Ellerbe in 2016.
But after continuing to brutalize sparring partners and sharing the evidence online, the boxer found himself out of pocket.
Romero, 26, told SunSport: “I didn’t care who they were, I just went in there and beat them up.
“I calmed down a lot because it started to get expensive for me. Nobody would spare me, so I had to start paying.
“Then I paid more money for the sparring than for the fight, so I thought, ‘Okay, maybe there’s a little problem.’
“I was like, man, from late 2015 to August 2018, I just walked in there and my only goal was to beat you up, knock you out.
“That was my only goal, every time I got in the ring I didn’t care.
“That’s when I literally posted every single knockout video.
“Honestly, I thought it was funny, and then Leonard called me and said, ‘Ay, we can’t get you fights, you have to stop this.’
“I said, ‘OK Leonard.’ Two days later I post another video of me knocking people out. But now I don’t post as much as I used to.”
Under Mayweather Promotions, Romero is 14-0 and is considered one of the most outspoken fighters in the world.
But with 12 KOs, he backs those bold words with his heavy hands and plans to dominate every one of his rivals.
He said: “I want to be the champion, I want to be the best fighter in the world and my era.
“I can’t say the best of all time because there are so many possibilities.
“There’s Sugar Ray Robinson, there’s Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, there’s Floyd.
“And I can’t fight any of those guys – but I sure can beat up anyone in my time.
“That’s the motivation. I want to be the best fighter of my era.”
Romero gets his big break in New York against long-time rival Davis, 27, who is defending his WBA lightweight regular title.
The pair were due to fight in December but Romero was pulled out after sexual assault allegations were made against him.
He vehemently denied the allegations.
And after an investigation, the undefeated fighter was not charged as the allegations could not be substantiated.
That meant he got a second shot at Davis, who is high on Romero’s kill list along with another unnamed opponent.
He said: “He’s the motherfu***er I like least in this sport. Well, there’s another guy I can’t fucking stand.
“There are two people that I just want to go and hit. But I don’t want to talk about her right now.
“But Tank, we’ve got this fight and I’m gonna f***ing KO him and be a star. He has what I want.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/boxing/5417692/rolando-romero-spending-money-sparring-fights-knocking-out/ Gervonta Davis’ opponent, Rolando Romero, had to pay sparring partners more money than earnings because he kept knocking them out