Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero prediction, odds, picks: Boxing expert reveals bets for May 28 title fight

Undefeated fighters clash Saturday when WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis defends his title against top-ranked challenger Rolando “Rolly” Romero in a 12-round boxing championship main event. Their battle anchors the Showtime pay-per-view main card at 9 p.m. ET from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) is a three-division champion who won the vacant WBA lightweight title in December 2019 and is coming off a successful defense with a decision over Isaac Cruz last December. Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) is a former interim champion who is fighting for his first major belt. His last fight resulted in a seventh-round stoppage of Anthony Yigit last July.

Davis is the -800 favorite (risk $800 to win $100), while Romero is the +550 underdog in the Davis vs. Romero odds at Caesars Sportsbook. The over-under for total rounds completed is 6.5, and there are plenty of other Davis vs. Romero props on the board like if Davis will win by KO, TKO or DQ (-400). Before locking in any Davis vs. Romero picks, make sure you check out the boxing predictions and betting advice from SportsLine analyst Brandon Wise.

Wise, who is the combat sports editor for CBS Sports, is an experienced boxing and mixed martial arts analyst who has consistently provided winning selections for SportsLine members. For the past two years, he has hit numerous boxing selections in big-time matchups.

For instance, last November he predicted a stoppage victory between rounds No. 10 and 12 for Canelo Alvarez against Caleb Plant in their super middleweight unification bout. The proposition selection paid +450, and Wise also correctly called the fight to go over 9.5 rounds (-125) as Alvarez stopped Plant in Round 11. His strong 2021 campaign included calling Jamel Herring (+105) to upset Carl Frampton (-125) for the junior lightweight belt. Anyone who has followed Wise’s combat sports picks has seen massive returns.

Now, with Saturday’s fight in sight, Wise has studied Davis vs. Romero (see tickets at StubHub) from every angle and identified the best value in the boxing odds. You can only see his confident prop bets and money-line picks at SportsLine.

Davis vs. Romero preview

Davis confirmed to the media this week that Saturday’s fight will be his last with Mayweather Promotions, which has handled his business for the first nine years of his career. This means that a dominant performance will make him a more attractive candidate to promotions that can arrange mega-fights with massive paydays attached.

This could be a crossroads performance because many boxing observers believe his stock has waned following lackluster performances against Mario Barrios and Isaac Cruz. He stopped Barrios in the 11th round despite an unusually slow start, and went the distance with Cruz. He later claimed he was compromised by a hand injury suffered in the fight.

Davis told the media he holds no ill will toward Mayweather Promotions but is eager to pursue new opportunities.

“It’s about just becoming that man, handling your own responsibility, your own priorities,” Davis said. “So I feel as though it’s my career, and I feel as though I need to be the one to control my career. And it’s time.” 

Those who have followed Romero’s career know he doesn’t lack confidence and, although it’s far from unusual for a prize fighter to assert his perceived superiority over an opponent, Romero is still far more persuasive than most.

Although he lacks the big-stage and title-fight experience of Davis, Romero has maintained since the fight was signed that he believes he’s the better fighter and will start receiving the recognition he deserves after he scores the upset Saturday night. The brash 26-year-old Las Vegas native also has repeatedly predicted a victory by first-round knockout.

“This feels really good. It’s about time he gets in the ring with me. I’m built for this moment and this fight,” Romero told the media this week. “Not everyone is built for this. Davis obviously isn’t built for this. He can’t even say a word. I’m the superstar here. I’m going to go in there and beat him up. That’s my only game plan. Make your money betting on me in this fight. We’re all going to get rich together.”

How to make Davis vs. Romero picks  

Wise likes the under 6.5 rounds at a price of -130 in the latest boxing odds. He’s also made the call on a method of victory prop and a confident money-line pick. You can only see those selections at SportsLine.

Who wins Davis vs. Romero? And which prop is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Brandon Wise’s best bets for Saturday, all from the CBS combat sports specialist who has crushed his boxing picks the last two years, and find out.

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