The investigation surrounding sexual assault accusations against lightweight boxer Rolando Romero has been closed without charges being filed, the Henderson (Nevada) Police Department told ESPN on Tuesday.
Romero, 26, was scheduled to fight Gervonta Davis on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles, but he was pulled from the bout in late October after accusations by a woman made on Twitter led to an open investigation.
After "false accusations, having to miss out on opportunities, cheated out of my dream, and out of a massive amount of wealth, the investigation into the allegations made against me has been formally closed," Romero said in an Instagram post Monday. "Charges were not filed because the allegations could not be substantiated because, as I always stated, I am innocent."
In an incident report obtained by ESPN, Detective Jordan Vargason wrote Dec. 29 that after he reviewed the evidence, "the allegations ... do not meet the elements of the crime of sexual assault. [The woman] stated that when she voiced her demands that Romero cease particular acts during their time together, he did cease to perform those acts. Due to the fact that [the woman] stated the incident occurred over two years ago, there is no physical evidence to gather."
Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) could now be in line for a shot at "Tank" Davis later this year. The awkward power-puncher is coming off a seventh-round TKO of Anthony Yigit in July. The fighter born in Las Vegas was slated to earn seven figures for the pay-per-view bout with Davis, a career-high payday.
Romero was replaced by Isaac Cruz, who gave Davis a tougher-than-expected fight in a decision loss.